January 2015 - A campaign to stop The Punch Bowl in The Groves being turned into a supermarket is making progress. A 1,200-signature petition and support from York’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), branch, asked City of York Council to recommend an Article 4 Direction for the venue - which would force the supermarket chain to apply for planning permission and give the community a chance to register their objections or support for the development.
Council officers had recommended the Article 4 Direction be refused, but at a public meeting at West Offices on Monday, Councillor David Levene and council leader Dafydd Williams agreed the development should go to a full planning application.
May 2013, City of York Council turned down an application by Sainsbury’s to fit a new shopfront to Queen’s House, at the foot of Micklegate, and install a cash machine. Planning officials said the scheme would damage the appearance of the historic building.It has already secured a licence for the premises from the council. North Yorkshire Police had objected to Sainsbury’s applying to sell alcohol between 9am and 9pm every day because of crime and antisocial behaviour concerns, but a council licensing hearing ruled this could be allowed under strict conditions.