Planning and building

Huntington Neighbourhood Plan

Huntington neighbourhood plan application and boundary was approved as a delegated decision on 28 September 2015, enabling work to start on developing the neighbourhood plan for the area.

Proposed Modifications to Green Belt Policies Consultation

We would like your views on the proposed modifications to Green Belt Policies in the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan.

We're inviting representations for a period of 8 weeks between Thursday 3 December 2020 until 11.45pm hours on Thursday 28 January 2021.

How to get involved with this consultation

We've updated our consultation procedures in light of the current health pandemic. Our Executive have agreed a suspension of some of our usual consultation methods to enable consultation to proceed in a COVID-safe way and in line with prevailing health advice. This means that we encourage viewing of the consultation documents electronically online, rather than in hard copy or through face-to-face interaction.

For further information please see our Statement of Community Involvement Update (November 2020).

View the consultation document setting out the proposed modifications to the Green belt Policies.

The consultation document will also be available to view online via computer access at Explore Libraries, if open at the time of this consultation. Computer access will be in line with the library opening hours and the protocols in place for Covid 19, such as booking computer access by pre-booked appointment only, if possible. For further information on library opening times and the facilities available to use, including computer access and booking an appointment, visit the Explore Libraries webpages.

We encourage electronic and online viewing of this consultation material in light of the current pandemic. Hard copies of the consultation document will be made available in the following locations, if possible, in accordance with Government guidelines. Please be aware that these arrangements are subject to change in line with prevailing health advice. Please contact us for further information:

  • The consultation document will be deposited at West Offices, if open at the time of consultation and will be available to view by pre-booked appointment only. Should you wish to arrange an appointment, you should contact the Forward Planning team directly via neighbourhoodplanning@york.gov.uk or 01904 552255. Access to the documents will be in line the protocols in place for Covid 19, such as quarantining of documents after use and in line with the Government’s ‘Hands, Face, Space’ protocols.
  • The consultation document will be deposited at York Explore Library and Huntington Library, if open at the time of consultation. Access to the hard copy documents will be in line with the library opening hours and the protocols in place for Covid 19, such as viewing by pre-booked appointment only and quarantining of documents after use. For further information on library opening times and the facilities available to use, including computer access to view online, visit the Explore Libraries webpages.

If public buildings are not open during this period of consultation or you do not have internet access, you should telephone 01904 552255 to discuss and/or arrange a viewing, including where appropriate access to hard copies subject to prevailing Covid 19 measures and public health advice. Officers will only seek to provide hard copies on request for those who have no other means of access.

Submit your comments via:

• Email to: neighbourhoodplanning@york.gov.uk; or
• By freepost to:  Forward Planning Team, Huntington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation, FREEPOST RTEG-TYYU-KLTZ, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

Please allow plenty of time for any representation by post to be received and processed. Due to current pandemic, this may take longer than usual to reach us.

Background to this consultation

The Huntington Neighbourhood Plan has been independently examined following submission by Huntington Parish Council in 2019. The Examiner issued his final Examiner's report in February 2020. Overall, the Examiner’s Report concluded that “Subject to a series of recommended modifications set out in this report …[it is]… concluded that the Neighbourhood Plan meets all the necessary legal requirements and should proceed to referendum”.

Following the Submission of the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan and receipt of the Examiner’s report, the Council has received the outcome of a High Court Judgment pertaining to and clarifying the approach to decision-making in relation to York’s Green Belt in advance of the adoption of the emerging York Local Plan. It is proposed that the outcomes of this judgment should be reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan in order to secure that it meets the Basic Conditions as required by the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.

Additionally, the Council received a challenge to the Green Belt policy in the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan through the examination process. It is proposed that reflecting the outcomes of the judgment above would also satisfy this challenge to the policy.

The Council has the capacity to modify the Examiner’s report in line with the applicable Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, if required, where the “reason for the difference is (wholly or partly) as a result of new evidence or a new fact or a different view taken by the authority as to a particular fact”. The receipt of the High Court Judgment after the Examination of the plan constitutes new evidence in considering the approach to decision-making in relation to York’s Green Belt. It is our view that this should be reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan and therefore requires additional modifications to those proposed by the Examiner.

The Council’s Executive on 22 October 2020 (item 49) agreed to consult on the proposed further modification in accordance with Regulation 17A (2) of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2016. This additional consultation will allow all interested parties to comment on the proposed modifications to the approach to Green Belt policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Following this consultation, Officer’s will report back to the Council’s Executive to enable consideration of the comments made and to take a decision on whether to progress the plan to Referendum.

Examination of the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan

Following the end of the Submission Consultation on 18 November 2019, the written representations received were sent, together with the final Huntington Neighbourhood Plan documents, for examination with the appointed independent Examiner, Mr Andrew Ashcroft.

The appointed Examiner, Mr Andrew Ashcroft, sent a Clarification Note to Huntington Parish Council on 2 December 2019. Huntington Parish Council responded to the matters outlined in the Clarification Note and this has been submitted to the Examiner for consideration.

Publication of the Examiner's Report

Following the independent examination of the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan, the Examiner has published his final Examiner's report. The Council will consider the Examiner’s report at a forthcoming Local Plan Working Group and Executive, after which a decision statement will follow in due course. We will publish confirmation of the committee process in due course.

Background to the Huntington neighbourhood plan

In April 2015 Huntington Parish Council wrote to us to formally submit an application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area. People who live, work and conduct business in the area were able to comment on the application and boundary from 10 August to 7 September 2015, as part of a four week consultation.

Huntington neighbourhood plan application and boundary was approved as a delegated decision on 28 September 2015, enabling work to start on developing the neighbourhood plan for the area.

Huntington Parish Council undertook a formal pre-submission consultation in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations for 8 weeks between 29 January 2018 and ended on the 23 March 2018.

Huntington Parish Council submitted the Submission draft Huntington Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents to City of York Council on 31st July 2019. Once a Neighbourhood Plan is submitted, we are required to "publicise the documents submitted on our website and in such other manner as we consider is likely to bring the proposal to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in the neighbourhood area" to be in compliance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (2012, as amended).

Following submission of the document by Huntington Parish Council, the Council ran a consultation on the Submission Neighbourhood Plan documents for six weeks between Monday 7 October to Monday 18 November 2019. The documents we consulted on are:

Any representation received were processed in accordance with our Neighbourhood Planning Privacy Statement wherein it sets out more about how we will process and use your personal data from this consultation.

Also see

Neighbourhood Planning

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552255