York’s Local Plan: extensive eight-week consultation gets underway

28 May 2013 @ 2.30 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

An extensive eight-week city-wide consultation inviting residents, businesses and developers to help shape future development in York over the next 15-years and beyond starts next week.

Following this first phase of consultation, starting on Wednesday 5 June until Wednesday 31 July, the comments received will be assessed before a submission draft is prepared later in the year.

In-line with the government’s new National Planning Policy Framework introduced last year, City of York Council is developing an ambitious citywide plan which aims to support the city’s economic growth, address the shortage of housing and help shape future development.

The plan also proposes to create, for the first time, a permanent Green Belt to ensure the city’s boundaries are protected until around 2014 and beyond. New polices will prevent an unplanned free-for-all approach and protect York’s heritage for future generation.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “Every household will receive information about York’s Local Plan and have the opportunity to have their say over how we address York’s homes crisis.

“York does not currently have a defined Green belt and the draft Local Plan has the opportunity to define it for the first time whilst securing homes and jobs for the future.

“We encourage all of York’s residents and businesses to take part in this consultation before Wednesday 31 July. The significance of what York’s Local Plan will deliver can not be underestimated and without a plan, recent changes in Government legislation would see uncontrolled development across the draft Green Belt.”

Local Plan drop-in exhibitions will take place at the following locations from June, where officers will be on hand to provide details and feedback forms:

City Centre, Parliament Street – Wednesday 12 June (10am – 4pm)

Heworth, Heworth Without Community Centre, Applecroft Road, YO31 0HJ – Thursday 13 June (2.30pm – 7pm)

Copmanthorpe, Howell Hall, School Lane – Tuesday 18 June (2.30 – 7pm)

Haxby, Oaken Grove Community Centre Cafe, Reid Park, Oaken Grove YO32 3QW – Wednesday 19 June (2.30 – 7pm)

Acomb Explore, Front Street, YO24 3BZ – Thursday 20 June (2.30pm – 7pm)

Dunnington, The Reading Rooms, Church Street, YO19 5PW – Tuesday 25 June (2.30 – 7pm)

Poppleton, Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6JT – Thursday 27 June (2.30 – 7pm)

Clifton Moor, Tesco, Stirling Road, YO30 4XZ – Tuesday 2 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

New Earswick, Folk Hall Coffee Bar, Hawthorn Terrace, YO32 4AQ – Thursday 4 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

City Centre, Parliament Street – Saturday 6 July (10am-4pm)

City Centre, West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA –Tuesday 9 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

York College, Sim Balk Lane, YO23 2BB – Wednesday 17 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

Fulford, Social Hall, School Lane, YO10 4LS – Wednesday 24 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

Clifton Moor, Clifton Moor Church and Community Centre, Rivelin Way, YO30 4WD – Friday 26 July (2.30pm – 7pm)

Members of the public will have another opportunity to feedback their views, when the council opens up a consultation on the final Local Plan in early 2014. York’s Local Plan is expected to be in place by 2015.

In addition to the drop-in events, all York households and businesses will receive a consultation guide flyer from May 28. All evidence/reports will be made publicly available as soon as the consultation commences.

To take part in the consultation online or find out more about the drop-in events taking place across the city visit the Local Plan pages of the council website, where more details information can be found, or follow @CityofYork on Twitter.

The consultation comments form can be completed online, emailed to the council, dropped off at the council’s West Offices or at any of the exhibitions. Alternatively, printed out and posted to:

Local Plan, City of York Council, FREEPOST (YO239), York YO1 7ZZ.

The consultation deadline is Wednesday 31 July 2013.

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