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Copmanthorpe Could Get Its Own Neighbourhood Plan

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6:34am 7th January 2014
(Updated 6:35am 7th January 2014)

Copmanthorpe Parish Council is in-line to get its own Neighbourhood Plan, following new government rules which give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies.

A report will be taken to Cabinet today (Tuesday 7 January) asking members to approve the Copmanthorpe application, which includes the proposed boundary.

As part of the Localism Act 2011, local communities are encouraged to come together to get more involved in planning for their areas by producing neighbourhood plans, which are designed to guide new development.

Neighbourhood planning is optional but once a neighbourhood plan is adopted it will have weight to become part of the plan making framework for Copmanthorpe.

As the Local Planning Authority, the council is working with the Parish Council, which has formally submitted an application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area.

The council asked for views and representation on the proposals over an eight week period between 25 September to 6 November 2013 via information available in Copmanthorpe Library, online and on street notice boards and other prominent public areas in Copmanthorpe.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “We are supportive of Copmanthorpe Parish Council’s decision to submit this plan and we want to help them to ensure their application is brought to the attention of people who live, work and carry on business in the Copmanthorpe area.

David Carr, Chairman of Copmanthorpe Parish Council, said: “Copmanthorpe Neighbourhood Plan will give all residents an opportunity to have their say on the future development of the village and parish and will build on the views expressed in our recent comprehensive community survey".

For more information about the neighbourhood plan visit: www.york.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanningor email responses toneighbourhoodplanning@york.gov.uk

Once the neighbour area is formally agreed, drafting of the plan can start, say City of York Council. They ad that ahead of adoption the plan would need to be examined by an independent inspector. Plans must have regard to national planning policy, be in general conformity with strategic policies in the York Local Plan and must be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements, say the council.

City of York Council say that over 450 York residents had their say on Dunnington’s proposals in September, which paved way for  the city’s first parish council to progress its own Neighbourhood Plan.

Cabinet will take place on Tuesday 7 January at West Offices from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from:  www.york.gov.uk/webcasts . To view the Cabinet reports visit http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=7644

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