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Residents help shape plans for major development site

York city council

6:35pm 24th February 2012

Over 1,000 comments from local residents and stakeholders have helped shape plans to redevelop a key development site in York.

Members of City of York Council’s Local Development Framework Working Group will be asked to approve the Supplementary Planning Guidance for the former British Sugar/Manor School site at their meeting on 5 March.

The guidance has been updated to reflect comments made during a major consultation project last year and, if agreed, will be used to guide the future redevelopment of the regionally significant site.

The site is located within the York Northwest area and is expected to accommodate around 1,300 homes with associated facilities. The consultation comments covered a wider range of issues including housing, community facilities, sustainability, access and traffic generation.

The document will also be used to assess planning applications for the site.

The council is also setting up a Community Forum to ensure that representatives from the local community can continue to be involved in the planning process, as detailed proposals for the area are drawn up by the landowner, Associated British Foods (ABF).

Councillor Dave Merrett said:

“This is another important step forward in getting this site brought back into use, providing much needed new family housing, but also new community facilities and a school so it can form a vibrant new neighbourhood and not a soulless suburb”.

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