Our current Local Plan provides a framework to guide and promote development, and to protect the quality of York's unique historic, natural and built environment. The document set strategic priorities for the whole city and forms the basis for planning decisions; it must be reviewed at regular intervals to be kept up to date.
Developing a new Local Plan
We're developing a new Local Plan in line with the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012), which will eventually replace the current document.
Our Local Plan Examination page gives further information on the appointed Independent Planning Inspectors and the progress of the examination; also find details on how to contact our Programme Officer who is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination.
Find out about:
- progress on the new Local Plan - including stages of document preparation, correspondence with government and links to relevant meetings
- previous consultations on the new Local Plan - including responses to date
The need for a new Local Plan
In 2005, the current Local Plan was approved for development management purposes. Although not 'formally adopted', this is the document we use as the basis for our development control decisions.
We're currently working towards the new Local Plan being fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other relevant regulations. If we don't adopt an up to date Local Plan, development will still happen, but decisions will be taken in regard to the NPPF, without local people having a say on setting local policies. See our Local Plan frequently asked questions for further information.
Once 'adopted' the new Local Plan will determine how the city develops over the next 15 years and beyond.
Keep up to date with the new Local Plan
See our Local Plan Examination page for the latest information.
Alternatively, contact our Strategic Planning Team for updates and notifications on the New Local Plan.