Published Thursday, 12th October 2017
Poppleton is set to be the first community in York to take greater power over local planning policies as senior councillors consider their neighbourhood plan next week.
Residents and businesses have helped shape the Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood Plan, which defines the rules and policies which local people want to guide land use and planning in the area, through extensive consultation since 2014.
On 23 August, 91.3% of local people voted at a referendum that they wanted City of York Council to use the Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the area.
The council’s executive is now expected to give the plans full legal force at its meeting next Thursday (19 October).
The executive member for transport and planning, Councillor Ian Gillies, is also set to formalise the creation of the city’s first Neighbourhood Forum and plan area at his decision-making session on the same day. The Neighbourhood Forum would drive the consultation over a neighbourhood plan for Micklegate.
Councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning, said:
“We know that local people understand their communities and need a voice in how they develop.
“We’re delighted that the people of Poppleton are blazing a trail which many more communities are set to follow, with 14 more neighbourhood plans in development across the city.
“As the local planning authority, we work closely with all these communities support them throughout the various stages of the plan process.”
Government rules introduced in 2012 now give local communities greater powers to create their own plans and policies. Plans must have regard to national planning policy, be in general conformity with strategic policies in the development plan for the area and must be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements. This will be tested at the independent examination following the consultation.