Transport gridlock a possibility, as City set to grow in size by over 20%
Yet another set of proposed changes to the Council Draft Local Plan have been published by the York Council. If accepted at a meeting taking place next week the number of extra homes to be built in the Area could increase from an estimated 867 dwelling a year to as many as 1070.
Officials blame inconsistent national population projections for the indecision.
If accepted, they higher figures could mean more Green Belt land being developed in the Metcalf Lane, Wigginton Road and Elvington Lane areas. The racecourse stables land on Tadcaster Road is once again under threat while developers want to build a whopping 1575 dwelling at Galtres Farm near Huntington
The York Central (brownfield) figures could also increase from 1500 to between 1700 and 2500 units, with more offices also planned for the site.
The main impact of any increase in house building, and associated economic development, will be on the Cities, already creaking, transport systems. Increases in traffic congestion levels could be as much as 25% on some roads.
The 20% increase in the City’s population – over just 20 years – has never been effectively explained or challenged by Councillors. The effect that such high growth rates will have, on the character of the City, is considerable.
Many fewer people have responded to the Councils latest consultation than previous exercises.
Residents now have “consultation overload” and are fed up with raising the same issues time and time again without receiving any convincing response from the authorities.
A prime example is the campaign to conserve the playing field and sports pitches at Lowfields. 80% of respondents oppose the Councils plan to develop the field, yet their views are being ignored.
The stage is now held by vested interests.
Land owner, developers and their agents are squabbling over the available cake. Large profits depend on the outcome of the Local Plan deliberations
There will be a final period of is=consultation shortly. The results of the consultation will then be placed before an independent inspector at an “Examination in Public”.
That will give ordinary residents an opportunity to air their views in what should be an impartial forum.