Success on the Article 4 Direction campaigners had fought for, and I’d been hoping for even though I haven’t exactly campaigned. I did though send an email to Dafydd Williams, rather late on, and so did many people before me. He was ‘inundated’ with messages about the Punch Bowl, he said during the decision meeting held a few days ago. The meeting can be viewed below. The relevant bit is at 12 mins 41. Nick Love and Paul Crossman stating the case, and Cllrs Williams and Levene commenting. Only short, and worth a watch.
This isn’t just about the Punch Bowl. Or rather it is just about the Punch Bowl, at the moment, in that the Article 4 Direction is being applied only to this particular pub. Perhaps more in the future after further research.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that the pub will never be replaced by a supermarket. What it does mean is summed up by Paul Crossman in this piece in The Press:
It means there will be a planning application and that’s all it means, but it gives the opportunity for consultation for the community and that’s what we want.
So, good news, and warmly welcomed.
Historic decision – we’ve got the Article 4 Direction placed on The Punch Bowl, Lowther St, York. Fantastic news for democracy.
— Nick Love (@nloveactually) December 22, 2014
The decision notice from City of York Council (PDF) on the Article 4 Direction for the Punch Bowl.