A 'Local Plan' sets strategic priorities for the whole city, forms the basis for planning decisions and must be reviewed at regular intervals to keep it up to date.
Consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Sites (2016)
We consulted on the Local Plan Preferred Sites document (2016) and supporting evidence as approved by our Executive Members between 18 July 2016 and Monday 12 September 2016. We are currently processing all of the responses received and will use them to inform the next stages of the emerging Local Plan.
The Local Plan Preferred Sites Consultation drew upon previous work undertaken for the Local Plan and sets out the revised housing and employment demand as well as the supply of sites we have identified to meet this need.
The documents we consulted on are:
- Preferred Sites Consultation Report (2016) - Find out about the potential sites being consulted on including potential housing and employment sites and sites removed since the aborted Publication Draft Local Plan (2014).
- Windfall Allowance technical paper - Provides an analysis of housing windfalls within York and what the Council's future approach to windfalls in the Local Plan will be.
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and SHMA Addendum - Information on the housing market in York, including the overall demand for different types of housing.
- Employment Land Review - Information on York's economy, the demand for employment land in the future and an assessment of potential sites to meet demand.
- Interim Sustainability Appraisal - Provides an appraisal of each site against a set of York based criteria to understand whether it meets sustainable development objectives.
- Local Development Scheme (LDS) - Find out more about our detailed programme of delivery for the Local Plan and related documents.
The need for a new Local Plan
In 2005 a draft Local Plan document was approved for Development Management purposes to inform planning decisions.
We are currently working towards a new Local Plan that is fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other relevant statutes.
If we don’t adopt an up to date Local Plan, development will still happen, but decisions will be taken in regard to the National Planning Policy Framework without local people having a say on setting local policies. You can view our Local Plan frequently asked questions for further information.
Progress on the new Local Plan
Preparations so far have included:
- work toward a Local Development Framework (LDF) (between 2005 to 2012)
- a preferred options Local Plan and supporting documents consulted on in summer 2013
- a further sites document and consultation in June 2014
- updates to the evidence base and monitoring information
- Sustainability Appraisals Incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment
- a number of consultations on the above documents
- a publication draft Local Plan and proposals map considered by the Local Plan Working Group (see agenda item 8) and Cabinet (see agenda item 40) in September 2014
A motion was submitted to Full Council in October 2014, which halted proceeding to the Publication Draft consultation whilst further work was undertaken.
You can keep up to date with future reports when they become available by viewing our Local Plan Working Group agendas page. You can also contact us if you would like to be notified about future Local Plan consultations.