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Have your say on York’s Local Plan through 6-week consultation

Published Tuesday, 25 May 2021

From Tuesday 25 May, York residents, businesses and other interested groups will get the chance to have their say on a 6-week consultation on the ongoing examination of the city’s Local Plan.

This consultation will enable people to comment on additional evidence and proposed modifications.

Planning inspectors have asked for the six-week consultation period before examining the plan at public hearing sessions later this year.

The consultation will ask for comments on additional evidence and modifications submitted since the ‘Phase 1 hearings in 2019’, including the recent submission of the Green Belt Topic Paper Addendum (2021).

To have your say, visit Local Plan Consultation. The consultation will end at midnight on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Hard copies of all of the consultation documents will also be available at City of York Council’s West Offices, Station Rise on an appointment basis only. They are also available to view online at York libraries and Explore Centres.

Responses can also be completed and sent to:

Local Plan
City of York Council
West Offices
Station Rise

or by email to by midnight on Wednesday 7 July. Responses received after this time will not be considered duly made.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance – with responsibility for the Local Plan, said: 

We encourage everyone to comment and feedback on the additional evidence and modifications of the Local Plan during this six week period.

“The Local Plan is one of the most significant strategic documents for York, as it will determine how our city develops over the next 15 years. It’s absolutely essential that we deliver a plan that addresses the local pressures in our housing market, including the regeneration of brownfield sites, but at the same time, guarantees the protection of the greenbelt and York’s natural beauty.”

Last month, the council submitted further information about the definition of the city's green belt to the Planning Inspector examining the local plan in line with an agreed timetable. 

The council has submitted the explanation of how it defines the outer boundary of the green belt, with explanations of other green belt boundaries.

Having reviewed the information, the Planning Inspectors will be able to confirm that the council can progress with public consultation as soon as possible, before arranging further hearing sessions during early autumn.

The council has published the submitted evidence on its key decisions page and added this to the latest correspondence on New Local Plan Examination.
Notes to Editors

York's Local Plan:

The Local Plan is a framework to guide and promote development, and to protect the quality of York's unique historic, natural and built environment. The document sets 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.

York's Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in May 2018. For more details on the process and progress to secure a Local Plan for York, visit New Local Plan.

Background and timeline:

The emerging City of York Local Plan aims to support the city’s economic growth, provide much needed housing and help shape future development over the next 15-years and beyond. It balances the need for housing and employment growth with protecting York’s unique natural and built environment.

The Local Plan is currently in the process of Examination by Independent Planning Inspectors following submission of the plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 25 May 2018. Following the phase 1 hearing sessions held in December 2019 we are now publishing a series of proposed modifications to the City of York Local Plan and supporting evidence base for public consultation.

This consultation gives York residents, businesses and other interested groups the opportunity to comment on the additional evidence and proposed modifications to the city’s Local Plan prior to further hearing sessions with the appointed Inspectors as part of the Examination.

The proposed modifications and evidence base result from a request by the Inspectors for further clarification on previous matters discussed. As part of this we have provided additional housing and economic need evidence supporting the Council’s proposed housing requirement of 822 dwellings and 650 jobs per annum. Additionally, the plan is seeking to define the detailed Green Belt boundaries for the first time.

To support this, we have prepared the Green belt Topic Paper Addendum (2021) to clearly justify the location of the proposed Green Belt boundaries, which enable development needs to be met over the plan period and for the Green Belt boundary to endure for at least 20 years.

The Inspectors have requested this consultation in advance of moving to another set of hearing sessions in autumn 2021. All representations received will be provided to the Inspectors for their consideration and they will set the timetable and matters to be discussed based upon the Council’s submissions and consultation responses received.

Following the next phase of hearings, we anticipate a further set of hearing sessions in early 2022 to discuss the remaining policy matters. This will be followed by a statutory modifications consultation and likely adoption of the plan in autumn/winter 2022.