Developers want to build 800 homes to the north of Haxby in York.
BDW Trading, which is owned by Barratt Developments, and Vistry Homes, have submitted what is known as a ‘screening opinion’ to City of York Council.
A screening opinion helps developers get an idea of how likely an environmental impact assessment will be needed before a formal application is submitted.
The proposed development includes up to 800 homes, public open space, flood storage measures, landscaping and associated infrastructure.
The 33 hectare site is east of Moor Lane and west of Usher Lane, and backs onto the gardens of Oaken Grove, Cyprus Grove, Ash Lane, Lowfield Drive and Crooklands Lane.
It is mainly arable fields surrounded by hedgerows and trees.
The land has been selected for development in York’s emerging Local Plan, which is currently being examined by independent inspectors.
Removed from green belt
According to council documents: “The land to be removed from the York greenbelt to allow for the allocation of ST9 has been selected so as to cause the least harm to the historic character and setting of the city with appropriate mitigation measures.”
The development will include measures for adapting to climate change.
“The proposed buildings will be designed to adapt to climate extremes using best practice by reducing water consumption and reducing overheating in hot temperatures and improving ventilation whilst retaining heat in cold temperatures,” according to the developers.
They added: “This screening assessment has identified that significant effects on the environment are not considered likely either alone or in combination with other development.
“The proposals would be of a sufficiently limited scale that effects could be managed in accordance with standard methods and best practice measures.”
The council said it would reply with advice about whether a full environmental impact assessment is necessary by mid-August.
City of York Council is currently working on plans to bring a railway station back to Haxby in Towthorpe Road.
By the autumn, it is hoping to submit its application for funding to the Department for Transport to help unlock the additional funding needed, with the hope that a new station could be built in 2024.
You can see the application on the York planning portal here.