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Osbaldwick opposition are in the minority

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I am writing regarding your story on the community consultation at the proposed residential development at New Osbaldwick, York (pictured) (AJ 30.10.03).

PRP won the competition to design an innovative housing scheme in January 2000. During the past three and a half years we have had workshops, open days, and numerous meetings with the local community to discuss and develop the proposals for the extension to their community. An outline planning application for the masterplan and development design code was eventually submitted this summer.

There is a small but vocal group of local residents who are opposed to the development of the site because of perceived concerns about an increase in the volume of traffic in the neighbouring area. A green transport plan has been developed for the scheme, which includes a cycle route to the centre of York from the heart of the site and a new bus service within five minutes' walk of all residents.

While the community consultation process has not been all plain sailing, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and its consultants remain committed to an open forum where the community has an opportunity to contribute to the design of the new housing.

It would indeed be a shame if a small, vocal minority, using the mouthpiece of a local paper, were able to overthrow plans supported by the majority of residents - especially given that these plans are sustainable, green, and in line with government targets on density.

Chris Rudolf, managing director, PRP Architects

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