York’s Local Plan is now one step closer to commencing hearing sessions led by the Planning Inspectorate.
This follows the submission of important evidence to the independent inspectors, who have been appointed by the Government to examine the plan.
This includes the modifications to remove housing site allocations (Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall and Land at Howard Road, Strensall), which would remove 550 dwellings from the submitted plans housing supply.
This follows a recent visitor survey commissioned by City of York Council, supported by Natural England, which highlighted that there would be significant effects on the integrity of the Strensall Common, a protected site, if the proposed housing sites adjacent to the Common remain in the Local Plan.
A report detailing these recent modifications was approved by Executive at a meeting on Wednesday 7 March.
In addition to this, proposed minor modifications have also been submitted to formally revise the Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) to 790 dwellings in York per annum. Minor amendments to the greenbelt boundary have also been proposed, in order to take into account recent changes such as planning decisions in York and the removal of the Strensall Barracks sites.
It is hoped that by submitting this evidence to the inspectors, progress can be made to take the Local Plan through the examination stages and determine whether it is sound.
Regular updates will be provided on the Local Plan submission webpage at: www.york.gov.uk/localplanexamination