City of York Council’s planning committee have unanimously given the green light for The Banana Warehouse and its neighbouring computer and furniture shops to be turned into 2 new stores and 37 new apartments. Owners of the Coppergate Centre, LaSalle Ltd submitted the application to City of York Council, suggesting the changes will ‘freshen’ the appearance of a particularly dilapidated stretch of Piccadilly.
LaSalle spokesman Graeme Chalk told members of the media “…by providing some much-needed homes in the city-centre, this development will play a significant part in the regeneration and revitalisation of Piccadilly.”
A new profusion of city centre flats certainly comes as good news for York’s housing sector, which has continually struggled to meet demand over recent years, whilst the £multi-million investment in the redevelopment project from LaSalle Ltd points towards a renewed buoyancy in our local economy.
The new-look Piccadilly envisaged in LaSalle Ltd’s plans promises significant improvements to the area’s aesthetic, with the new flats to be built in a u-shape, backing onto the River Foss. The historic façade of The Banana Warehouse is to be saved, owing to the cultural significance of its architecture, though this will come as cold comfort to those saddened by the loss of the business itself – a real Aladdin’s Cave in the heart of our changing city, the likes of which we are unlikely to see again.