Issued by City of York Council
Copmanthorpe Parish Council could be in-line to get its own Neighbourhood Plan, following new government rules which give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies.
The application comes in the same month that City of York Council approved proposals to progress the first Neighbourhood Plan in York, for Dunnington Parish Council, at a decision session on 16 September.
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 both the Copmanthorpe and Dunnington areas.
As the Local Planning Authority, the council is working with both Parish Councils, which have formally submitted an application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area.
The council is publicising and asking for views and representation between 25 September to 6 November 2013.
This will pave way to allow them to subsequently draft a Neighbourhood Plan for Copmanthorpe. Designation of a Neighbourhood Area is the first stage in the preparation of a plan.
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”.
More information can also be found in Copmanthorpe Library and street notice boards and other prominent public areas in Copmanthorpe.
Following the consultation on the application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area, a report will be taken to a decision session in November.
Once the neighbour area is formally agreed, drafting of the plan may commence. 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.
The application and consultation responses will be reported at a Cabinet Member session on Thursday 14 November.
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