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We're developing a new Local Plan in line with the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our new Local Plan is currently in the process of Examination by Independent Planning Inspectors following Submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 25 May 2018.

Following instruction from our Inspectors, we held the following consultations:

Updates on progress of the Local Plan Examination were given to the Local Plan Working Group and Executive:

Keep up-to-date with overall progress of the New Local Plan Examination.

The new Local Plan will eventually replace the current Local Plan approved for development management purposes in 2005.

The need for a new Local Plan

The council has a statutory duty to produce a Local Plan. The City of York Draft Local Plan Incorporating the 4th Set of Changes (April 2005), and the associated appendices and proposals maps, were approved by the council for development management purposes, but not formally adopted. The 2005 Draft Local Plan now carries very little relative weight in decision-making.

We're currently working towards the new Local Plan being fully compliant with the 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.

Once adopted, the new Local Plan will determine how the city develops over the next 15 years and beyond.

Find out about:

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted in December 2007. It sets out how we'll involve you in the preparation of all Development Plan documents, including the Local Plan and in making decisions on planning applications. A draft SCL update was taken to Executive in March 2024, which will be subject to citywide consultation shortly.

The consultation arrangements in place at the time of any future consultation will be made clear on our website. Should this be subject to change during the consultation period, the details will be updated, as applicable, in line with the current health guidelines.

If you would like to kept informed of future consultations and Strategic Planning Policy matters, please contact us by email at We will retain your contact details in line with our privacy notices.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of the area.

As the CIL charging authority we are required to consult with residents, local communities, business and stakeholders on the proposed levy rates. At Executive Committee on 26 January 2023, a decision was made to consult on a CIL draft Charging Schedule.

For further information see our dedicated CIL webpage.

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Strategic Planning Policy Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552255