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 are consulting on the Local Plan Preferred Sites document (2016) and supporting evidence as approved by our Executive Members. This document draws 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.
How to get involved
You can submit your consultation comments to us by:
- using our online form or
- in writing using our consultation comments form and submitting via
- Post: Freepost RTEG-TYYU-KLTZ, Local Plan, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view hard copies of all of the consultation documents at:
- your local library (Oaken Grove Community Centre will display the Haxby Library copies due to current closure)
- City of York Council West Offices Customer Care Centre.
A special copy of the 'Our City' newsletter will also be arriving on your doormats shortly summarising the consultation information and providing a freepost response form.
We will be hosting drop in exhibitions across the city where officers will be able to answer any questions you may have. These will be held in the following locations:
- 3 August - City of York Council's West Offices, York City Centre (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 9 August - Osbaldwick Sports Centre, Osbaldwick (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 11 August - Dunnington Reading Rooms, Dunnington (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 16 August - York Sport, Heslington (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 18 August - Acomb Explore Library, Acomb (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 24 August - Tesco (Tadcaster Road), Dringhouses (3pm to 7.30pm)
- 24 August - Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby (3pm to 7.30pm)
In addition, you can find out more at your local Ward Committee as follows:
- Guildhall Ward - 26 July, St Denys Church,Walmgate, YO32 9RG (6.30pm)
- Huntington and New Earswick Ward - 27 July, Huntington Community Centre, YO32 9RG (7.30pm)
- Strensall Ward - 8 August, Walkabout meeting outside Strensall Library (1 hour walk followed by refreshments) (2pm)
- Clifton Ward - 23 August, Burton Stone Lane Community Centre, Evelyn Crescent, YO30 6DR (6.30pm)
- Rural West Ward - 23 August, Manor School, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, YO26 6PA (7pm)
- Fulford and Heslington Ward- 7 September, Heslington Church (6.30pm to 8.30pm)
You can also view our Local Plan Frequently Asked Questions for further information.
What are the consultation documents?
The documents we are consulting 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.