Issued by City of York Council
Dunnington could be the first parish in York to get its own Neighbourhood Plan, following new government rules which give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies.
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 the Dunnington area.
As the Local Planning Authority, the council is working with Dunnington Parish Council, which formally submitted an application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area.
The council is publicising and asking for views and representation between 5 August to 16 September 2013.
Still in its early stages of development, proposals are considering the boundaries, currently designed to be identical to the present parish boundary, rather then the specific details.
This will pave way to allow them to subsequently draft a Neighbourhood Plan for Dunnington. 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 Dunnington’s decision to submit this plan and we want to help the Parish Council to ensure their application is brought to the attention of people who live, work and carry on business in the Dunnington area.
Alf Deuchars of Dunnington Parish Council, said: “Neighbourhood planning will provide a single formal basis that sets out a vision and set of objectives for the future of the parish with people’s different interests taken into account”
More information can also be found in Dunnington Library and street notice boards and other prominent public areas in Dunnington.
Following the consultation on the application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area, a report will be taken to a decision session in September.
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.
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