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Selby District Council Seeks Land For Development


8:06am 11th October 2013

Selby District Council's planners are asking for participation identifying land for possible future development, as part of its annual survey of available land in the district. The survey will become a cornerstone of the forthcoming Local Plan site allocations that will set out the required sites to accommodate the amount of development agreed in the Core Strategy. 

Over the next five weeks Selby District Council say they want to hear from all landowners who would like to promote their land, large or small, for development, now or in the future. 

Cllr John Mackman, the Lead Member for Place Shaping, said: "We have made great progress in setting out the district's growth patterns for the next 15 years through the Core Strategy, which will be adopted later this year.   Most of our neighbouring authorities are not as advanced as Selby in respect of their Local Plan, so we are ahead of the game in this region.

"We now need to make sure we are aware of all the potential locations available for a variety of development such as market housing, much needed affordable housing, traveller sites, leisure, jobs and commercial development as we consider how we shape our communities to grow in the future. 

"The sites put forward can then be included in the next phase of the planning consultation process.  Whilst not all land submitted will be developed, the more land we know is available and suitable for development, the greater our final planning choices will be." 

The Council is also asking owners of existing known sites to complete the survey forms with the latest relevant information. 

A spokesperson explained, "Following changes to the national planning system last year, we have to assume that land is not available unless we're explicitly told it is, so we are also seeking updated information from owners of land already in the database.  If land owners don't get in touch then the choice of sites could be drastically reduced, and this means that some really good sites could miss out on the chance to be developed."

More information and a form for submitting land details are available to download on the Call for Sites page. Sites must be submitted by Friday 11 October if they are to be included in the database, say the council.

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