Planning and building

New Local Plan Examination

All updates about the Local Plan Examination process, timetable and other relevant information will be made available here.

Our Local Plan Examination Programme Officer

Contact our Local Plan Examination Programme Officer, Carole Crookes (Independent Programme Officer Solutions) via email: york@iposolutions.online, telephone: 07397 909822 or write to:

Independent Programme Officer Solutions
PO Box 789
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 9UY

Key information for the Local Plan Examination

Inspector Simon Berkeley (BA MA MRTPI) and Inspector Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC have been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to conduct the examination into the City of York Local Plan to determine whether it's sound.

Examination news and updates:

Correspondence and updates relating to the examination from 6 March 2020 onwards.

For correspondence and updates before 6 March 2020, please see 2019 examination news and updates.

1 August 2022

The Inspectors have been made aware of a minor typographical error in question 2.9 of the recently published MIQs, it should refer to policy SS22 rather than SS2. A revised MIQ document has now been issued (EX/INS/42a), which supersedes EX/INS/42.

During the Matter 4 (iii) hearing session Airedon (on behalf of Mr Harrison) submitted a position statement regarding site ST14 (EX/OTH/30).

In the same session, during the break the representatives for both Mr Harrison and TW Fields left after the conclusion of ST14. However, one participant was not aware that it had been concluded and raised a further issue after the break. Out of fairness to all, the Inspectors asked both parties to review the recording and submit any responses in writing. Airedon, on behalf of Mr Harrison, submitted a response (EX/OTH/31) with PB Planning (on behalf of TW Fields) responded (EX/OTH/32).

29 July 2022

The Inspectors have published version 2 of the Draft Hearing Programme (EX/INS/41) and the Matters, Issues and Questions (EX/INS/42) in relation to Phase 4 of the hearing sessions, which will commence at 10.00 am on Tuesday 6th September 2022. The deadline to register to participate in the hearings sessions is 12.00 noon on Friday 19th August and the deadline for the submission of hearing statements is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 31st August 2022.

Two other documents have also been added to the examination library:

EX/CYC/102 R. (Liverpool Open and Green Spaces Community Interest Co) v Liverpool City Council
EX/CYC/103 Samuel Smith v North Yorkshire 2020 P.T.S.R. 221

27 July 2022

The following document has been added to the examination library:

EX/CYC/101 Natural England letter 26 July 2022 regarding ST15
 
Some historic background documents have also been added in relation to ST14:
 
EX/OTH/29a ST14 Baker Consultants technical briefing note 27 January 2014
EX/OTH/29b ST14 Arup Clifton Gate Flood Risk Assessment 6 October 2014
EX/OTH/29c ST14 Arup Clifton Gate Utilities Report 10 October 2014
EX/OTH/29d ST14 Barnes Clifton Gate Arboricultural 5 April 2014
EX/OTH/29e ST14 GSB Clifton Gate Geophysics 5 February 2014
EX/OTH/29f ST14 YAT Clifton Gate Archaeology 19 July 2013

26 July 2022

A revised draft hearing programme (EX/INS/40c) has been published which shows the recent agreed changes to some hearing sessions.

26 July 2022

Sites ST8 and ST9 were originally programmed to be discussed during the afternoon session of Monday 25 July. However, due to the lack of time it was agreed by the Inspector, Council and the participants for those sites that they will be dealt with after ST15 on Tuesday 26 July instead.  This does not affect the start time of Matter 7 (ST15).

A further Statement of Common Ground has been added to the examination library:

EX/SoCG/22 CYC and Vistry Homes regarding ST9.

25 July 2022

A further Statement of Common Ground has been added:

EX/SoCG/21 CYC, Langwith Development and A1 Plant and Haulage regarding ST15 and its appendix EX/SoCG/21a.

Two further Statements of Common Ground have been added:

EX/SoCG/19 CYC, Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and TW Fields regarding ST7.

EX/SoCG/20 CYC, Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and TW Fields regarding ST14.

Also, it has been brought to the Council’s attention that EX/CYC/93 Phase 3 Proposed Modifications has some text missing (probably due to conversion to PDF). A corrected version (EX/CYC/93a) has been submitted and added to the Examination Library and now supersedes EX/CYC/93.

The Council have submitted two Statements of Common Ground:

EX/SoCG/17 CYC, Redrow Homes and Others regarding ST8

EX/SoCG/18 CYC and Persimmon Homes regarding ST4

The Phase 4 hearings will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 6 September, and will be held in The Citadel, Gillygate, York YO31 7EA. It is anticipated that they will run for three weeks. Details are set out in the Phase 4 notice of commencement (EX/CYC/100). A draft hearing programme was published previously (EX/INS/39) but a revised programme and the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions for Phase 4 will be issued shortly. The Inspectors would like to remind representors that the content (except for the hearing dates) of the Guidance Note (EX/INS/32) issued alongside the Matters, Issues and Questions for the Phase 2 hearings still applies.

21 July 2022

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) sent a letter to the Inspectors (EX/OTH/28) regarding the Statement of Common Ground between DIO, the Council and Natural England (EX/SoCG/16).

The Council submitted viability assessments for the following sites:

20 July 2022

The Council have added a document from Natural England in relation to Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s hearing statement relating to Matter 5 and the Queen Elizabeth Barracks (EX/CYC/98).

20 July 2022

The Council has submitted a number of documents:

EX/CYC/96 H1 Policy Modifications

These documents relate to site H50 – Queen Elizabeth Barracks

EX/CYC/97 Holohan2019 Env. L.R. 16
EX/SoCG/16 Statement of Common Ground between CYC, DIO and Natural England
EX/SoCG/16a Statement of Common Ground between CYC, DIO and Natural England - Errata Note

The Matter 5 hearing session was due to commence at 9.30 on Thursday 21 July, however, a participant has requested that due to travel issues being caused by the extreme heat, that the start time be changed to 10.00am. The Inspectors have agreed to this change.

The Matter 5 hearing session will now commence at: 10.00am on Thursday 21 July 2022.

19 July 2022

The Inspectors have published a revised draft hearing programme (EX/INS/40b) which relates to minor changes to the list of participants.

The 15 July 2022 judgement in relation to Ronald Wyatt has also been added (EX/CYC/95)

Matter 6 concluded early and so there will not be any session this afternoon (Tuesday 19 July 2022).

As the extreme heat may still be an issue for the next few days, the Inspectors suggest that informal may be appropriate for the rest of this week.

18 July 2022

The Inspectors would like everyone attending the hearing sessions to feel as comfortable as possible, and so due to the extreme weather warning forecast for Tuesday, they suggest that the etiquette of wearing formal clothing (a suit and tie, etc.) be dispensed with in favour of lighter and cooler clothing.

14 July 2022

CYC’s Executive Report and Decision dated 19 May 2022 was added to the examination library (EX/CYC/94).

Two Statements of Common Ground have been added to the examination library:

  • SoCG between the Council and York St. John University (EX/SoCG/14)
  • SoCG between the Council and St. Peter’s School (EX/SoCG/15)

13 July 2022

The Inspectors have confirmed that the hearing session into Matter 3 (Student Housing) will commence, as programmed, at 9.30 am on Thursday 14 July 2022 at the York City Church (The Citadel), Gillygate, York. YO31 7EA.

The University of York Campus East decision 2007 (EX/OTH/25) has been added to the examination library as it is referred to in the University of York’s hearing statement (HS/P3/M2/U&C/8b UoY ONeill (Revised)).

Also added are UoY Students New Entrants by Department (EX/OTH/26) and UoY Students by College (EX/OTH/27).

12 July 2022

The University of York has submitted another revised version of its Matter 2 hearing statement (HS/P3/M2/U&C/8b UoY ONeill (Revised)). This document supersedes to two previous versions.

The Inspectors previously agreed that, due to the recent publication of the Council’s Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, the York Travellers Trust be granted an extension to the deadline for submission of their Matter 9 hearing statement. The hearing statement has now been submitted (HS/P3/M9/G&T/6).

Phase 3 of the hearing sessions of the public examination of the City of York Local Plan opened at 10.00am at York City Church (The Citadel), Gillygate, York, YO31 7EA. The hearings may be viewed in person from the public gallery at the venue or from the Council’s YouTube channel. Recordings will be added as soon as possible after the end of each session.

Due to an error uploading to the examination library, Appendix 1 of the Council’s Matter 1 hearing statement (HS/P3/M1/AHP/1a App1 CYC), which relates to Affordable Housing Policy, was not uploaded. However, that error has now been corrected.

11 July 2022

The hearing statement from the University of York in relation to Matter 2 has been revised due to some late requests from the Council to clarify some of the University’s evidence (HS/P3/M2/U&C/8a UoY ONeill (Revised)).  The revision relates to Appendix C - Briefing Note on Growth Scenarios.v2 (Stephen Nicol of Nicol Economics)

11 July 2022

The Council submitted a schedule of proposed modifications for phase 3 (EX/CYC/93).

8 July 2022

The Inspectors have published revised draft hearing programme listing participants (EX/INS/40a).

The Council requested that a number of documents be added to the examination library:

  • EX/SoCG/13 - Statement of Common Ground between CYC and National Highways (In relation to phase 3)
  • EX/CYC/89 - ST15 Sustainable Transport Study
  • EX/CYC/90 - National Highways and CYC Modelling Tools
  • EX/CYC/91 - Comparative Effects of Different Spatial Distributions
  • EX/CYC/92 - Local Housing Needs Assessment July 2022

Fulford Parish Council requested the following document be added to the examination library:

  • EX/OTH/23 - SoS Decision Heslington East
  • EX/OTH/24 - SoS Heslington East Inspector’s Report

7 July 2022

All of the hearing statements in response to the Inspectors Matters, Issues and Questions (EX/INS/37c) are available to view and download from the Examination Library.

Also, the Council has submitted a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (EX/CYC/88).

30 June 2022

The Inspectors published the draft hearing programme, which includes participants, for the phase 3 hearings (EX/INS/40). The Council also submitted the following reports, as agreed at the phase 2 hearings sessions:

  • Local Plan Forecasting (EX/CYC/87)
  • City of York Local Transport Plan Modelling ‘Transport Impact Assessment Report (EX/CYC/87a)

27 June 2022

The Council submitted a series of assessments relating to document EX/CYC/76 – Housing Supply Update 16 May 2022:

  • EX/CYC/76b - Appendix 4 Part 1 - Major Sites with Consent
  • EX/CYC/76c - Appendix 4 Part 2 - Major Sites (Allocations) Consent
  • EX/CYC/76d - Appendix 4 Part 3 - Approved Communal Est Sites
  • EX/CYC/76e - Appendix 4 Part 4 - Allocations No Consent - Non-strategic
  • EX/CYC/76f - Appendix 4 Part 5 - Allocations No Consent - Strategic Sites
  • EX/CYC/76g - Appendix 4 Part 6 - Resolution to Grant
  • EX/CYC/76h - Appendix 4 Part 7 - Communal Estabs No Consent

24 June 2022

The Council has submitted the following updates:

15 June 2022

The Inspectors have published a revised set of Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (EX/INS/37c) which make changes to Matters 5 and 8 and a revised Phase 3 Draft Hearing Programme (EX/INS/38a) which make changes to the description of the issues to be covered on 20 and 21 July.

13 June 2022

The Inspectors have published Revision B of the MIQs (EX/INS/37b) as they now include a Matter 10.

10 June 2022

The Inspectors published a revised draft hearing programme for the phase 3 hearing sessions (EX/INS/38) to accommodate the availability of a number of key participants for a particular Matter. Please note that it is this version (EX/INS/38) which has been emailed and posted to all representors. The deadline for registration to participate in the phase 3 hearings is 12 noon on Friday 24 June 2022.

The Inspectors also published the initial draft hearing programme for the phase 4 hearing sessions (EX/INS/39) which are due to commence on 6 September 2022. It should be noted that the programme for phase 4 may change as a result of the phase 3 hearings sessions. Participants will be contacted after the phase 3 hearings regarding registration to participate in the phase 4 hearings.

7 June 2022

The Inspectors published the initial draft hearing programme (EX/INS/38) (Note added 10 June - this document has been superseded and so the link has been removed) for the hearing sessions for both phase 3 and phase 4.

6 June 2022

The Inspectors have revised the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs), originally published on 1 June 2022. The revisions to the MIQs (EX/INS/37a), correct errors and relate solely to information about Transitional Arrangements (page 2, paragraph 2) and does not relate to any of the actual matters, issues or questions.

1 June 2022

The Inspectors have published the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (EX/INS/37) for the issues being addressed in Phase 3 of the hearings. The deadline for submission of hearing statements is 12.00 Tuesday 5 July 2022.

1 June 2022

The following responses have been received in relation to EX/CYC/79:

Fulford Parish Council has also submitted document EX/OTH/22 in response to document EX/CYC/84 regarding the Council’s sustainability assessment.

27 May 2022

It is now confirmed that phase 3 of the examination hearing of the City of York Local Plan will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 12 July 2022, and will be held in The Citadel, Gillygate, York YO31 7EA. For further details, please refer to the notice of commencement (EX/CYC/85).

26 May 2022

The in-person and virtual hearing sessions relating to Phase 2 of the Examination were concluded by the Inspectors on 26 May 2022.

Following the 18 May 2022 update, further statements were received in relation to the documents EX/CYC/76 and EX/CYC/77.

The Council submitted documents in relation to an issue raised during Matter 4 of the virtual sessions, the Poppleton Neighbourhood Plan (EX/CYC/82) and an associated appeal decision for land at Boroughbridge Road (EX/CYC/83).

The Council provided a response (EX/CYC/84, EX/CYC/84a, EX/CYC/84b, EX/CYC/84c and EX/CYC/84d) to Fulford Parish Council’s Sustainability Assessment (EX/OTH/20).

25 May 2022

In addition to the documents already mentioned below, for clarification, the following documents have also been added to the Examination Library during the Phase 2 Hearing Sessions (since 10 May 2022)

City of York Council Documents:

  • EX/CYC/73 - Opening speech by the City of York Council
  • EX/CYC/74 - Regina (Friends of the Earth Ltd and another) v Secretary of State for Transport
  • EX/CYC/75 - R. (on the application of Blewett) v Derbyshire CC
  • EX/CYC/78 - Air Quality Monitoring Note 16 May 2022
  • EX/CYC/79 - Phase 2 Infrastructure Note May 2022
  • EX/CYC/80 - CYC Air Quality Annual Status Report 18 May 2022 incl Appendix
  • EX/CYC/81 - TCPA – Guide 1: Locating and Consenting New Garden Cities

Other Documents:

  • EX/OTH/20 - Fulford Parish Council Sustainability Assessment 11 May 2022
  • EX/OTH/21 - Note on 5-year supply Galtres Garden Villages

Statements of Common Ground:

  • EX/SoCG/9 - CYC and Environment Agency
  • EX/SoCG/10 - CYC and National Highways in relation to Phase 2
  • EX/SoCG/11 - CYC and Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and TW Fields re ST7 16 May 22 incl Appendix A
  • EX/SoCG/12 - CYC and Barratt Homes and TW Fields re ST14 16 May 22 incl Appendix A

25 May 2022

Responses to CYC’s Local Plan Infrastructure Delivery Strategy: Update Note for Phase 2 Local Plan Independent Examination (EX/CYC/79). As part of Matter 6, CYC submitted an updated infrastructure paper EX/CYC/79 on 18 May which was discussed at examination on 24 May. Some participants said that they wished to put in written responses to that update.

The Inspectors have asked that any further statements from other parties in response to CYC’s EX/CYC/79 should be submitted to the Examination by close of play on 31 May so that there is ample time for the Council to consider them and respond in writing together with producing updated and site specific material for Phase 3. There is no need to repeat matters that were stated during the examination. As with any written representation on the housing trajectory update, the Council intends to respond by about 10 June in good time for Phase 3.

18 May 2022

Responses to Housing Supply and Windfall Technical Paper updates (EX/CYC/76 and EX/CYC/77). As part of Matter 5, CYC submitted revised Housing Supply and Windfalls papers which were discussed at examination on 17 May. Some participants said that they wished to put in written responses since the new documents had only been provided on 16 May. DIO (Avison Young) said that it would take them a few days to update their earlier response.

The Inspectors have asked that any further statements from other parties in response to CYC’s updated papers should be submitted to the Examination by the close of Phase 2 on Thursday 26 May so that there is ample time for the Council to consider them and respond in writing together with producing updated and site specific material for Phase 3. There is no need to repeat matters that were stated during the examination. The Council intends to respond by about 10 June in good time for Phase 3.

16 May 2022

The Council submitted two revised documents in relation to housing supply: Housing Supply Update dated 16 May 2022 (EX/CYC/76) and Windfall Update Technical Paper 2022 (EX/CYC/77)

10 May 2022

The hearing sessions for Phase 2 of the examination into the soundness of the City of York Local Plan opened at 10.00am today. The hearings are being held in public at the York City Church (The Citadel), Gillygate, York, YO31 7EA in accordance with the notice of commencement (EX/CYC/72). The draft hearing programme (EX/INS/35a) provides details of the sessions, the Matters to be discussed and participants for each session. Please note that this document may change so please check for the latest version. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded, as soon as possible after they have ended, to the Council’s YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofyorkcouncil where they may be viewed.

4 May 2022

For further clarification, the Council submitted a revised document for its Appendix 2 to Matter 6 of the hearing statements (HS/P2/M6/IR/1b(i)). It provides a few corrections and includes two new appraisal sheets as appendices to the original document.

28 April 2022

The Inspectors published their latest version of the draft hearing programme for the phase 2 hearings, which includes participants for each session (EX/INS/35). If there are any issues, please contact the Programme Officer as soon as possible.

31 March 2022

The deadline for the submission of hearing statements has now passed and all hearing statements received have been uploaded to the Examination Library.

25 March 2022

The Inspectors would like to remind people about the Guidance Note issued alongside the Matters, Issues and Questions for the Phase 2 hearings. Its content still applies, except for the hearing dates. The Phase 2 hearings will now commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 10 May, and will be held in The Citadel, Gillygate, York YO31 7EA. Please refer to the attached notice of commencement (EX/CYC/72). The Inspectors have issued a detailed timetable (EX/INS/34).

The Inspectors’ Guidance Note (EX/CYC/32) sets out the broad content for Phase 3 and 4 hearings. Dates for the Phase 3 hearings have now been agreed ‘in principle’ with the Council. It is anticipated that they will start on 11 July and will run for three weeks. It is likely that the Phase 4 hearings will start on Tuesday 6 September. These dates remain subject to final agreement and may change, but the Inspectors wish to give everyone concerned an early indication of the likely timetable going forward. Firm dates and detailed timetables for both the Phase 3 and Phase 4 hearings will be issued in due course, as will be the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions for each phase.

13 March 2022

The Planning Inspectorate has written to the Council to confirm that Inspector Andrew McCormack will no longer be able to hold the independent examination of the City of York Council Local Plan. In accordance with section 20(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC has been appointed alongside Simon Berkeley BA MA MRTPI to hold an independent examination of the City of York Local Plan.

3 March 2022

Unfortunately, due to sudden health issues with one of the Inspectors, the start of the Phase 2 hearings sessions has had to be postponed. The Phase 2 hearing sessions will NOT commence on Tuesday 15 March 2022. However, it is anticipated that the hearing sessions may commence at the end of April but this is subject to the availability of accommodation, etc. When a new date has been confirmed for the start of the Phase 2 hearing sessions formal notifications will be issued.

Also, as the start has been postponed the date for submission of hearing statements has also been amended. The new date for submission of the hearing statements is Monday 28 March 2022. If anyone who has already submitted a statement wishes to withdraw it and submit a revised one in accordance with the new deadline, please contact the Programme Officer.

14 February 2022

In light of responses that have been received on the scope of the MIQs published by the Inspectors on 2 February 2022, the Inspectors have published a Revised Schedule of MIQs (EX/INS/30]. The revised MIQs include some additional or amended questions and other amendments and points of clarification. These have been provided, where appropriate, following consideration of responses made to the Inspectors Schedule of MIQs published on 2 February 2022. As a result, there are also a Revised Guidance Note for Participants [EX/INS/32] and an update to the latest draft of the Phase 2 Hearings Schedule [EX/INS/31].

As a result of these amendments and updates, the deadline for the submission of hearing statements responding to the revised Schedule of MIQS has been extended to 5.00pm, Friday 4 March 2022.

3 February 2022

The Inspectors have now published their Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (EX/INS/26), Draft Phase 2 Hearing Programme (EX/INS/27) and Guidance Notes for Phases 2 to 4 (EX/INS/28). As set out in the guidance note the key dates for the Phase 2 hearing sessions are:

  • Deadline for comments on MIQs and Draft Phase 2 Hearing Programme: 12 noon on Wednesday 9 February 2022
  • Deadline to confirm with Programme Officer that you wish to exercise the right to be heard if you made a relevant representation seeking a change to the Plan, indicating the appropriate Matter and the hearing session (including either ‘in person’ or ‘virtual’) that you wish to attend: 4.00pm on Wednesday 16 February 2022
  • Deadline for submission of one electronic and two paper copies of Phase 2 Hearing Statements (including from the Council) to the Programme Officer: 4.00pm on Wednesday 2 March 2022
  • Phase 2 in-person hearing sessions open: postponed.
  • Phase 2 virtual hearing sessions open: 9.30am on Monday 28 March 2022.

28 January 2022

It is now confirmed that phase 2 of the examination hearing of the City of York Local Plan will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 15 March 2022 (now postponed) in the Gimcrack Rooms at York Racecourse. Please refer to the attached notification (EX/CYC/71)

27 January 2022

The council has submitted an updated version of the Infrastructure Requirements Gantt Chart (EX/CYC/70)

5 January 2022

In December, the Council submitted an updated version of the Housing Trajectory (EX/CYC/69)

22 November 2021

The Council has submitted a letter (EX/CYC/67) to the Inspectors in response to their letter to the Council on 25 October 2021.

26 October 2021

The Inspectors have written to the Council (EX/INS/25) setting out the timetable for the progression of the examination of the City of York Local Plan. It is proposed that there will be three further phases of hearings (as set out in the letter) to be held between February and June 2022

11 October 2021

The Council submitted the representations made during the consultation period to the Inspectors in early September. The Inspectors are currently considering all those representations alongside their other work commitments. The Inspectors will respond to the Council when they are in a position of being able to do so.

25 May 2021

The City of York Council has published additional evidence for public consultation. Further information, copies of the documents being consulted on and details of how to make a representation is available on the Local Plan Modifications and Evidence Base Consultation webpage.

11 May 2021

The Council has written to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/60) setting out initial details about when the second Regulation 19 consultation will commence and which documents will be open for comment. The consultation is due to commence on 25 May 2021 for a period of six weeks.

Please note – the Inspectors reiterate that they will NOT accept any comments/representations before the start of the Regulation 19 consultation. Anything submitted before the start of the consultation will be returned to the sender.

7 May 2021

The Inspectors have written to the Council (EX/INS/24) acknowledging receipt of the additional evidence from the Council. It also states that they share the Council’s desire to commence the public consultation exercise as soon as possible and requests that the Council notify the Inspectors by the 10 May 2021 of the proposed start date.

6 May 2021

As agreed the Council submitted the outstanding evidence to the Inspectors by the deadline of 30 April 2021. The Council submitted a covering letter (EX/CYC/55), SHLAA update (EX/CYC/56), SuDs Guidance (EX/CYC/57), Composite Modifications Schedule (EX/CYC/58) and the remaining annexes for TP1 Green Belt. To avoid confusion, the previously submitted annexes have been renumbered so that the main document and annexes are all together as a suite of documents: TP1 Addendum (EX/CYC/59), Annex 1: Evidence Base (EX/CYC/59a), Annex 2:Outer Boundary (EX/CYC/59b), Annex 3 Part 1: Inner Boundary (EX/CYC/59c), Annex 3 Part 2: Inner Boundary (EX/CYC/59d), Annex 3 Part 3: Inner Boundary (EX/CYC/59e), Annex 4: Other Developed Areas (EX/CYC/59f), Annex 5: Freestanding Sites (EX/CYC/59g), Annex 6: Proposed Modifications (EX/CYC/59h), Annex 7: Housing Supply Update (EX/CYC/59i) and Annex 7: Housing Supply Update – Trajectory (EX/CYC/59j)

1 April 2021

As agreed, the Council submitted further evidence in relation to the Gren Belt by the deadline of 31 March 2021. The documents include a covering letter to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/54), Topic Paper 1: Approach to defining Green Belt (Addendum) January 2021 – Annex 3 Part 1 Sections 1-4 (EX/CYC/54a) and Topic Paper 1: Approach to defining Green Belt (Addendum) January 2021 – Annex 5 Freestanding Sites (EX/CYC/54b). The outstanding evidence is due 30 April 2021.

3 March 2021

The Inspectors have responded to the Council’s letters of the 25 and 26 February 2021 with a letter dated 3 March 2021 (EX/INS/23), which refers to PINS’ guidance note on virtual hearings v4 (EX/INS/23a)

1 March 2021

The Council responded to the Inspectors’ letter of 25 February, later the same day (EX/CYC/51) and also submitted ‘Topic Paper 1: Approach to defining Green Belt (Addendum) January 2021 – Annex 2’ (EX/CYC/52). The Council then submitted a further letter to the Inspectors dated 26 February 2021 (EX/CYC/53).

25 February 2021

The Inspectors have written to the Council regarding receipt of the green belt annexes (EX/INS/22).

29 January 2021

The Inspectors sent a letter to the Council (document EX/INS/21) in response to the further evidence submitted by the Council. The letter seeks to establish a timetabled way forward for the Plan.

15 January 2021

In accordance with the Inspectors’ letter of the 18 December 2020, the Council provided its response (EX/CYC/48). The response included further information/evidence: Statement of Community Involvement Update November 2020 (EX/CYC/49), Topic Paper 1: Approach to defining Green Belt (Addendum) January 2021 (EX/CYC/50) and Annex 1 (EX/CYC/50a), Annex 2 (EX/CYC/50b), Annex 3 (EX/CYC/50c) and Annex 4 (EX/CYC/50d). Representors are reminded that at the current time the Inspectors will not be accepting any further comments in relation to these (or any other) documents.

11 January 2021

The Inspectors have written to the Council (EX/INS/20) stating that their letter of the 18 December 2020 must be added to the examination library immediately.

11 January 2021

The Council submitted further documents to the Inspectors on 22 December 2020: a covering letter from the Council to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/44), the Habitat Regulations Assessment December 2020 (EX/CYC/45) and Appendices (EX/CYC/45a), Key Diagram update (EX/CYC/46) and the Proposed Post-Hearings (Stage One) Modifications December 2020 (EX/CYC/47).

18 December 2020

The Inspectors have sent a letter to the Council (EX/INS/19) and have requested that the Council responds to it by Friday 15 January 2021. (The letter and this update was not added to the examination webpage by the Council until 11 January 2021)

13 October 2020

The Inspectors have written to the Council regarding additional evidence (EX/INS/17), which has been submitted and which is due to be submitted shortly. In their letter, the Inspectors have indicated that further consultation will be undertaken at a later date. Please note: The Inspectors have made it clear in their letter, that until they have received and considered the Green Belt documents, they will not be accepting any further comments from representors about the HNU or any other matters. Any unrequested comments submitted will be returned to the sender by the Programme Officer and not passed onto the Inspectors.

7 October 2020

City of York Council has written to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/43) in response to their letter (EX/INS/16) regarding the recently published 2018 household projections and the Inspectors’ letter (EX/INS/15) relating to proposed green belt boundaries in the Plan.

3 August 2020

The Council has written to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/42) to provide an update to some outstanding homework items and the Inspectors’ request for further information in relation to the publication of the 2018 household projections.

9 July 2020

The Inspectors have written to the City of York Council (EX/INS/16) regarding the newly published 2018 household projections. The Council have been asked to consider whether “the publication of the 2018-based household projections represents a ‘meaningful change’ in the housing situation from that which existed at the time of the Plan’s submission, the subsequent re-assessment of the OAHN in the Housing Needs Update (January 2019) and the relevant hearings in December 2019.” The Council have been asked to respond by Friday 31 July 2020. The Inspectors have specified that they are not seeking representations from participants at this stage and any unsolicited correspondence will be returned.

22 June 2020

Following on from the stage one hearings held in December 2019, on 12 June 2020 the Inspectors wrote a letter to the City of York Council (EX/INS/15) regarding the proposed green belt in the Local Plan. The City of York Council have now written a letter of response to the Inspectors (EX/CYC/40). Any further updates will be posted on this website.

8 June 2020

The Council have submitted further documents relating to the homework as agreed during the phase one hearings. The further documents have now been added to the Examination Library - Audit Trail of Sites 35-100 Hectares (EX/CYC/37), Joint Position Statement between CYC and Selby DC Housing Market Area April 2020 (EX/CYC/38), Green Belt Clarification Note June 2020 (EX/CYC/39) and its Appendix 1 Wedgewood vs City of York Council (EX/CYC/39a).

28 April 2020: COVID-19 update

In line with everywhere in the current times, there are issues with trying to carry on working as normal and it has to be acknowledged that there will be unavoidable delays regarding certain aspects of the examination. The Council had previously indicated that they would be able to submit the agreed evidence in accordance with the ‘homework schedule’ by 27 March 2020. However, since lockdown on 23 March the Council, along with the majority of the country, have experienced a great number of difficulties in trying to work as normal. The Council were unable to submit by the agreed date but they have continued to make progress on the preparation and submission of the evidence. The evidence will be made available on this webpage in due course. Please keep checking for updates.

6 March 2020

At the stage one hearings held in December 2019 the Council agreed to submit a number of additional documents, as set out in document EX/CYC/33. The Council has agreed to submit these documents to the Inspectors by 27 March 2020. Until all of this additional evidence is received by the Inspectors they are unable to consider the evidence submitted so far, publish their findings or set out a draft programme for moving forward. Please keep checking this page for updates.


For correspondence and updates before 6 March 2020, please see 2019 examination news and updates.

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