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.

Local Plan Submission

We submitted the City of York Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on Friday 25 May 2018 for independent examination - find out more at: www.york.gov.uk/LocalPlanSubmission


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.

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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.

Evidence Base

You can view the Core documents and evidence base library via our Local Plan Examination page, which was submitted alongside the Local Plan for examination. This includes evidence relating to housing, economy and retail, transport and communicaitons, green Infrastructure, hertage, culture and placemaking, climate change, environmental quality and flood risk and viability/deliverability.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The CIL is a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of the area. The Council is yet to make a decision on whether to introduce a charging schedule to implement a CIL. Consideration for the implementation of a CIL will be undertaken in due course.

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