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Review into Selby Council Planning Laws Finishes


5:14pm 8th March 2013

The implementation of a new long-term planning strategy for the Selby District designed to support new jobs and homes, has moved a step closer now that an independent public review of the document has been completed.

This framework forms an important part of the Council's Programme for Growth: a multi-million pounds investment in the things that matter most to the community, to support jobs growth, develop housing and infrastructure and support retail development.  For further details please click here.

An independent Planning Inspector has been looking at the Council's proposals, as part of the re-convened Examination in Public of the Core Strategy planning document.  The Core Strategy sets out the District Council's plans for how much development should take place between now and 2027.  When adopted, it will form the framework of the Council's planning policies and will shape which areas of the District will be developed for specific purposes, such as housing and employment.  These policies will then inform the development of further, more detailed, planning policy documents such as the Site Allocations and Management Development Plans which the Council needs for the assessment of individual planning applications.

The Planning Inspector will now spend some time preparing his final report on the proposals, which will return to the Council for consideration later in the year.

This review of the Core Strategy first started back in 2011, but was temporarily suspended to give the authority time to consider three aspects of the plan.  The Council was then able to review its proposals for the overall number of homes required across the District, the deliverability of housing in the Tadcaster area, and policies connected with the Green Belt.

In March 2012 the Government published new National Planning Policy which meant that the review was further adjourned until autumn last year, with the latest hearing of the Examination in Public held for a further day on 27 February to consider responses to earlier public consultations and the potential impact of further changes in the wider planning policy framework.

Executive member, Cllr John Mackman, has been leading this piece of work for the authority, "The adjournments of the review enabled the Council to confirm its position in some key areas and gave everyone involved the chance to consider the implications of significant changes to National Planning Policy.

"This has been an important review process, designed to ensure that our long-term plans meet the needs of our community now and into the future to 2027.  Having gone through a number of key steps, the Council is now confident that the Core Strategy provides a robust policy for the Council.  It will form a fundamental foundation for the authority's Programme for Growth, to help the District prosper from inward investment providing local jobs and quality homes."

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