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Plans For 18,000 New Homes in York by 2030 Revealed

Local Plan Council 120413

5:23pm 12th April 2013

40,000 more people could be living in York by 2030 and today a new plan sets out where they'll be living.

There are plans for a new village called Holme Hill near Heslington which will have more than 5,000 homes.

Other big developments will be to the north of Clifton Moor, in Copmanthorpe and near Monks Cross.

Cllr Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “We recognise that the biggest challenge for York is the city’s need for affordable housing. Having met with the Minister for Planning, Nick Boles MP, I’m pleased that he agrees with our push for economic growth through an ambitious Local Plan.  

“We’ve taken the tough decision to allocate 1.8 per cent of draft green belt land for development in order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing city and deliver key developments such as York Central, and to deliver jobs, homes and protect York’s unique built environment for future generations.”

In total, 20 employment sites have been indentified for future development in York over the lifespan of the new plan, including York’s City Centre, York Central and Monks Cross.

Linking housing and employment growth is a critical step-change in the new plan and is supported by technical work undertaken which forecast that building 1,090 homes per annum would accommodate a population growth of 40,000 people over the next 15-years.

Cllr Tracey Simpson-laing, Cabinet Member Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, said: “We need to unblock York’s house building market and address the lack of affordable housing. Whilst ambitious, the proposals will respond directly to calls for this from residents and the third sector. We are committed to building a fair and inclusive city and the Local Plan needs to be an absolute reflection of that.”

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy opposes the plan saying:

“I was hugely disappointed to hear of the Council’s plan to drive a horse and cart through our existing Greenbelt protection. I am deeply concerned that the draft Local Plan has the potential to destroy the character and environment of our great city’s rural setting.

“After meeting with a number of Parish Councillors from across my constituency last night, I am all too aware of their strong desire to see development kept to an absolute minimum within York’s Greenbelt. However the ruling Labour group in the Council appear to be flying in the face of all those who want to protect our Greenbelt, by proposing to build 1090 homes per year – around a 40% increase on the previous Local Development Framework targets. York simply does not have the infrastructure to enable them to deliver this target. They will only be able to achieve it by carving up our Greenbelt and ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of my constituents.

“I will now be strongly urging the Local Authority to engage in a proper and full consultation with local residents and parish councils. In the interests of democracy, they must act in accordance with their wishes.”

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