Objectors to York Monks Cross development meet

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A new shopping development in the Monks Cross area of York would take millions out of the city centre, campaigners claim.

The Campaign for York group said the plans, which include retail units and a community stadium, would set a precedent for out-of-town shopping.

Developers insist the scheme would create hundreds of jobs and ensure the survival of the city's football club.

Objectors have held a public meeting in the city to discuss in their concerns.

Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd is proposing to construct a new stadium, new retail units and provide new community facilities at Monks Cross on the edge of the city.

An initial planning application will be considered by the City of York Council in December.

The Campaign for York group has been formed to fight the plans.

It claims the expansion would effectively double the size of the existing shopping area at Monks Cross.

The group said planning consultants GVA have suggested the scheme could take £83 to £95m annually out of the city centre economy.

Oakgate say the proposals would create around 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs at Monks Cross and would improve the city's overall retail offer.

The plans are also supported by York City FC who have previously said the new stadium was the only way to guarantee its long-term future.

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