20th Jan 2009 -
aims to extend existing Coppergate shops
The American owners of York's Coppergate Centre have applied for planning
permission to extend some of the exisiting shops over the goods delivery
bays, and also to re-brand the centre with new signage. See Press
report. We wonder... does this mean LaSalle has seen the light and
'Castle Piccadilly' is now dead? Do they realise they've been sold a pup
by Land Securities? Who knows. However, developing the existing centre
is certainly better than the horrible extension that was concocted by
LandSec and the City of York Council.
3rd Nov 2008 -
ruling undermines Council's cosy collaboration
by the European Court of Justice in Roanne, France, has dealt a hammer-blow
to the way some Councils choose developers for land that they own. No
longer will Councils like York be able to make secret deals with companies
like Land Securities or Centros. They will have to put the land up for
formal tender. The Castle Piccadilly site is similar to the case in France.
23rd May 2008 -
Taylor appointed as York's Heritage Champion
a positive move to see that York has appointed its first Heritage Champion.
Green Party Councillor, Dave
Taylor, has long been an ally of the Castle Area Campaign and we're
sure that he will speak up for Clifford's Tower and the historic environment
in York. Councillor
Taylor's first public statement about the role.
1st May 2008 -
Tower massacre highlighted in BBC series
series "Inside the Medieval Mind" tonight focussed on belief.
As the church's grip increased in medieval times, people were dragged
before religious courts and thousands killed in the name of God. Professor
Robert Bartlett came to York to reveal how York's
Jewish population was exterminated at Clifford's Tower in 1190.
7th Feb 2008 -
fears for Coppergate site
Press, reports that spokespeople from the Castle Area Campaign, York
Tomorrow, and York Civic Trust have voiced concerns that the same mistakes
are not repeated by the new developers.
6th Feb 2008 -
Investment Management and Centros take on Coppergate
Castle Area Campaign is initially pleased to hear that Land Securities
has sold the 200,000 sq ft Coppergate Centre and adjoining properties
in Piccadilly in York. The new owners are a US company LaSalle
Investment Management. We shall have to see whether they behave with
greater sensitivity towards York's historic core and the scheduled ancient
monument of Clifford's Tower.
In turn, LaSalle has
formerly Centros Miller, as the development manager. It may be too early
to judge, but we have some niggling worries about Centros, whose Chairman,
John F Laker, who was involved in the first Coppergate development
in York. Furthermore, the devil you know, Land Securities, is listed as
& Investment Partner
Centros Miller also
seems to have a bad track record of pushing inappropriate retail developments
in historic English Towns.
In Bury St. Edmonds,
the Knights of St. Edmond campaign group has uncovered a secret
grubby deal whereby Debenhams
would get 8 years free rent in Centros' cattle market shopping mall.
This sounds rather familiar to the Castle Area Campaign in York. I bet
lots of local shopkeepers would be delighted if the Council or their landlord
offered them 8 years free rent!
In Lancaster, residents
OUR CITY to resist the City Council's 'preferred developer', Centros
Miller. There a major retail development would involve a 100,000+ sq ft
Debenhams department store.
Another campaign in
claims that Centros' proposed development there "is not unlike an
alien spaceship, landing in a beautiful, ancient community."
So is it a case of
all change means no change? We hope not but our concern is mounting.
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