Have Your Say On York's Local Plan
8:39am 5th June 2013
(Updated 8:44am 5th June 2013)
An extensive eight-week citywide consultation inviting residents, businesses and developers to help shape future development in York over the next 15-years and beyond starts today.
Following this first phase of consultation, starting today (Wednesday 5th June) until Wednesday 31st July, the comments received will be assessed by the council before a submission draft is prepared later in the year.
In-line with the government’s new National Planning Policy Framework introduced last year, City of York Council says it is developing an ambitious citywide plan which aims to support the city’s economic growth, address the shortage of housing and help shape future development.
City of York Council also say that the plan also proposes to create, for the first time, a permanent Green Belt to ensure the city’s boundaries are protected until around 2014 and beyond. They add that new polices will prevent an unplanned free-for-all approach and protect York’s heritage for future generation.
Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “Every household will receive information about York’s Local Plan and have the opportunity to have their say over how we address York’s homes crisis.
“York does not currently have a defined Green belt and the draft Local Plan has the opportunity to define it for the first time whilst securing homes and jobs for the future.
“We encourage all of York’s residents and businesses to take part in this consultation before Wednesday 31 July. The significance of what York’s Local Plan will deliver can not be underestimated and without a plan, recent changes in Government legislation would see uncontrolled development across the draft Green Belt.”
Local Plan drop-in exhibitions will take place at the following locations from June, where council officers will be on hand to provide details and feedback forms:
- City Centre, Parliament Street – Wednesday 12 June (10am - 4pm)
- Heworth, Heworth Without Community Centre, Applecroft Road, YO31 0HJ – Thursday 13 June (2.30pm – 7pm)
- Copmanthorpe, Howell Hall, School Lane – Tuesday 18 June (2.30 – 7pm)
- Haxby, Oaken Grove Community Centre Cafe, Reid Park, Oaken Grove YO32 3QW – Wednesday 19 June (2.30 – 7pm)
- Acomb Explore, Front Street, YO24 3BZ – Thursday 20 June (2.30pm – 7pm)
- Dunnington, The Reading Rooms, Church Street, YO19 5PW – Tuesday 25 June (2.30 – 7pm)
- Poppleton, Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6JT – Thursday 27 June (2.30 – 7pm)
- Clifton Moor, Tesco, Stirling Road, YO30 4XZ – Tuesday 2 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
- New Earswick, Folk Hall Coffee Bar, Hawthorn Terrace, YO32 4AQ – Thursday 4 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
- City Centre, Parliament Street – Saturday 6 July (10am-4pm)
- City Centre, West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA –Tuesday 9 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
- York College, Sim Balk Lane, YO23 2BB – Wednesday 17 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
- Fulford, Social Hall, School Lane, YO10 4LS – Wednesday 24 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
- Clifton Moor, Clifton Moor Church and Community Centre, Rivelin Way, YO30 4WD - Friday 26 July (2.30pm – 7pm)
People will have another opportunity to feedback their views, when the council opens up a consultation on the final Local Plan in early 2014. York’s Local Plan is expected to be in place by 2015.
In addition to the drop-in events, all York households and businesses will receive a consultation guide flyer from 28 May, say City of York Council. All evidence/reports will be made publicly available as soon as the consultation commences.
To take part in the consultation online or find out more about the drop-in events taking place across the city visit www.york.gov.uk/localplan, where more details information can be found, or follow @CityofYork on Twitter.
The consultation comments form can be completed online, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org , dropped off at the council’s West Offices or at any of the exhibitions. Alternatively, printed out and posted to:
Local Plan, City of York Council, FREEPOST (YO239), York YO1 7ZZ.
The consultation deadline is Wednesday 31 July 2013.
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has also launched a Local Plan page on his website.
He says that with the Council’s formal adoption of their Local Plan set to take nearly two years to be completed, he wants to keep all constituents updated throughout what, he believes, will be a very concerning couple of years for many residents across the City.
He says the page itself is divided into five sub pages, which contain an array of useful information on what has been proposed and where, what Mr Sturdy is doing in his campaign to protect York's greenbelt and how local residents can take part in the consultation process.
On launching his new Local Plan page, Mr Sturdy said:
"The proposals within the draft Local Plan have been concerning to say the very least and my opposition to many of them has already been widely documented. In my role as a local MP, I feel it's really important that I do all I can to ensure that my constituents are equipped with the information they need on what has been proposed in their area, what my position is and how we can submit our comments, concerns and objections to the Council, as part of the consultation process.
"So far, I don't believe the Council have been giving residents the all-important information they need and I'm really disappointed with their efforts to date. The information in the consultation leaflet they've put out is completely insufficient and it fails to make any mention of the 80 proposed Traveller and Showpeople pitches or the 40 proposed sites for potential wind farms. The Council's withholding of key evidence, such as the Arup and Eskogen reports, has also been cause for considerable concern. As long as the Council continue to brush over the most disconcerting elements of their Local Plan, I will be doing all I can to raise awareness of them and I really hope local residents find my new page useful."
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