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.

Executive – Decision Statement 

Following the receipt of the Examiner’s Report and undertaking the additional Proposed Modifications to Green Belt Policies Consultation, Officer’s reported the recommendations to the Council’s Local Plan Working Group and Executive. The Examiner's Report and our Decision Statement were reported to Members at Local Plan Working Group on 16 March 2021 and at Executive on 18 March 2021. Executive agreed with the officers' recommendations that the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan could proceed to referendum.
 
The referendum is currently being organised with colleagues in our Electoral Services department. Further information on this will be released in due course.

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.

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.

Proposed Modifications to Green Belt Policies Consultation

We undertook a consultation on the proposed modifications to Green Belt Policies in the Huntington Neighbourhood Plan. We invited representations for a period of 8 weeks between Thursday 3 December 2020 until Thursday 28 January 2021. The outcomes of this consultation are set out in our report to Local Plan Working Group on 16 March 2021 and at Executive on 18 March 2021.

Background

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.

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