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Action Group Holds Meeting on Elvington Housing Expansion Plans

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2:44pm 25th June 2014

The Elvington Action Group is holding a meeting this afternoon to discuss proposals which could see housing in the village expand by 65% under the city council's proposed Local Plan.

More than three hundred people out of the thousand who live in the village have attended meetings on the proposals so far. Elvington Action Group Chairman John Gallery tells Minster FM people are concerned saying:

“Residents are concerned about the potential over-development of Elvington. The further sites proposed are disproportionate, unnecessary removal of land from the greenbelt, worries about safety due to additional traffic especially HGV vehicles already too many of which travel through, plus the addition of gypsy traveller sites when there are already two existing traveller and caravan sites in the village."

“Elvington Action Group and the Parish Council aim to provide factual information so that residents can make informed decisions about their concerns and be advised how to make these known to City of York Council."

York Council has welcomed the creation of the new group and says it looks forward to hearing their views. Mike Slater, assistant director of City and Environmental Services, said: 

“All views and feedback will be considered as the Local Plan progresses. Although it’s important to note at this stage the sites submitted by landowners, or indicated for use by landowners, are just proposals."

“A targeted consultation is underway until 16 July and we encourage residents and organisations to submit their views. A second and final round of city-wide consultation starts mid-year. The magnitude of the last consultation is still felt by everyone and echoed by over 14,000 representations made by developers, land owners, residents and businesses -  which is the largest amount of responses we've ever received during a consultation."

“Whilst we still have some time to go before the plan is adopted, we do recognise that the biggest challenges for York are the city's need for more affordable housing for residents, delivering more jobs, and protecting York's unique built and green environment for future generations - and through the Local Plan we hope to achieve this. The council is working to the Government’s policy/procedures to bring the plan forward and it is anticipated that a final draft of the Local Plan will be published for consultation mid-year and submitted for examination in Autumn.”

The meeting organised by the Parish Council takes place at Elvington Village Hall on Wednesday 25th June 2014 between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

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