Murton Parish Council is next in-line to get its own Neighbourhood Plan, following new government rules which give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies.
As part of the Localism Act 2011, local communities are encouraged to come together to get more involved in planning for their areas by producing neighbourhood plans, which are designed to guide new development.
Neighbourhood planning is optional but once a neighbourhood plan is adopted it will have weight to become part of the plan making framework for Murton.
As the Local Planning Authority, the council is working with the Parish Council, which has formally submitted an application for designation of a neighbourhood plan area.
The council will ask for views and representation on the proposals over an six week period between 17 March to 28 April 2014 via information available online, the council’s West Offices, on street notice boards and other prominent public areas in Murton.
Once the neighbour area is formally agreed, drafting of the plan may commence. Ahead of adoption the plan would need to be examined by an independent inspector. Plans must have regard to national planning policy, be in general conformity with strategic policies in the York Local Plan and must be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.
Over 450 York residents had their say on Dunnington’s proposals last September, which paved way for the city’s first parish council to progress its own Neighbourhood Plan
Murton Parish Council’s application and consultation responses will be reported and put forward for recommendation at a Cabinet Member decision session meeting on Tuesday 29 April.