Published Thursday, 17th October 2019

The Council Executive will be asked to agree the new Council Plan, Making History, Building Communities, following the conclusion of the public consultation on the draft plan.

The Council Plan sets out the Council’s ambition over the next four years and details what steps will be taken to ensure that York continues to make history and build communities across the city.

The ambition of the Council Plan reflects York’s historic accomplishments and sets out a pathway to continue the city’s success into the future, from tackling the climate emergency to ensuring that the communities which make York what it is are supported through excellent Council services.  Councillors will be asked to approve the plan at a meeting of the Executive next week (24th October).

The Council Plan focuses on eight outcomes; seven to which will improve the quality of life for all residents, and one to enhance the Council operations.  Each outcome details how the Council will work to achieve the outcomes and most importantly, how success will be measured against each outcome.  The outcomes are:

  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Well paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • Getting around sustainably
  • A better start for children and young people
  • A greener and cleaner city
  • Creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • Safe communities and culture for all
  • An open and effective Council

The Council Plan has also incorporated feedback from local residents, businesses and communities, who were asked to comment on the Council Plan priorities during the Summer.  Over 6,000 comments were received.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

“This plan sets out an ambitious strategy for our city over the next four years; we want to ensure that York continues to make history and build communities.”

“The Council Plan also outlines clear expectations on how we will deliver real improvements for our residents and how we enhance our communities; measuring performance along the way to ensure we deliver the best services possible.”

“I would like to thank everyone who sent their comments during the consultation period, and I am pleased that these comments are now reflected in the plan.”

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader City of York Council said:

This plan is purposely all-encompassing, in order to reflect the huge range of work the Council does.  Crucially, this plan recognises the climate emergency and the need to address climate change has been reflected throughout the plan.”

“We have also placed a focus on improving life amongst all our residents, both young and old, to ensure York remains a fantastic place to live.”

“We were delighted to receive so many comments, from improving public transport to building more affordable housing, which have all been used to shape our plan.”

Executive takes place at 5.30pm on Thursday 24 October at West Offices and will be webcast live at To read the report visit

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