“A Fresh Approach” – The LibDem alternative to Labours Local Plan

York Central Liberal Democrats have published today the representations that they have made opposing Labours “high growth” plans for the City.

Labour propose to increase the size of York by 25% during the next 15 years. Up to 22,000 new homes are planned. The majority would be built on Green Belt land and would be occupied by inward migrants.

The Liberal Democrat alternative suggests that job growth, house building numbers and population plans must be clearly linked.

Between 600 and 800 additional homes would be built each year with growth in jobs directly linked to this figure and implemented at a pace which recognises the need to improve transport, education, and health facilities.

Local residents backing the "save the green belt" campaign

Local residents backing the “save the green belt” campaign

The LibDems say that around 6000 more homes could be built on brownfield sites and have identified many new potential locations which would avoid the need to build in the Green Belt. Many of these would be “windfall” opportunities of the type that have produced, on average, 350 new homes a year in the City over the last decade.

The Labour Council is accused of trying to impose a new town blueprint onto an historic City landscape.

The complete response can be read by clicking the following link http://tinyurl.com/Local-Plan-A-fresh-approach

All comments on the proposals have to be received by the Council TODAY (Wednesday 31st July).

They should be emailed to localplan@york.gov.uk

The sites which could be used for housing but which are excluded from Labour plans are listed as:


Latest Planning applications Acomb and Westfield Wards

Below is the latest planning application received by the York Council last week. Full details can be found by clicking the application reference

Ref No: 13/02524/TCA
Location: 19 The Green Acomb York YO26 5LL
Proposal: Fell Elm, Tree in the Conservation Area
Applicant: Miss Elizabeth Morrell Consultation Expiry Date: 20 August 2013 Case Officer: Esther Priestley Expected Decision Level: DEL

Ref No: 13/02062/LHE
Location: 108 Middleton Road York YO24 3AP
Proposal: Erection of single storey extension extending 4 metres beyond the rear wall of the original house, with a height to the eaves of 2.1 metres and a total height of 3.5 metres
Applicant: Mr And Mrs Hufton Contact Mr John Warrington Consultation Expiry Date 20 August 2013 Case Officer: Elizabeth Potter Expected Decision Level DEL

Ref No: 13/02253/FUL
Location: Olli Alterations 5A Acomb Court Front Street York YO24 3BJ
Proposal: Change of use from first floor of clothing alterations shop to flat (use class C3)
Applicant: Mr David Wong Consultation Expiry Date 20 August 2013 Case Officer: Victoria Bell Expected Decision Level DEL

Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site. http://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/

NB. The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received.