The forms aren’t easy to fill in although it can be done “on line“. Land owners and developers, who stand to make £millions if green field land is identified for development, will no doubt pay for professional help.
The average resident must do his or her best. But its definitely worth having your say.
Locally most attention will be on the plan to build on the Lowfields playing field. That is likely to attract strong opposition, not least because it conflicts with other policies in the Plan For example Policy GI5 : Protection of Open Space and Playing Fields para 9.14 – 9.18; says,
“Development proposals will not be permitted which would harm the character of, or lead to the loss of, open space of environmental and/or recreational importance”
On the other hand, the Council seems to have got the proposed boundaries of the Green Belt right at least on the west of the City
Over-development of the City would be a serious burden for subsequent generations.
The media release says,
“York residents are being urged to take the opportunity to make final comments on the city’s Local Plan.
A six-week consultation starts today as the council prepares to submit the plan – which will drive York’s economic growth and determine how the city changes over the next 15 years and beyond – to the government for Examination.
The council’s ‘publication draft’ is the result of extensive studies and consultation with residents, landowners, developers and statutory consultees like government agencies.
Comments made during this consultation will go direct to the government, to be considered by a Planning Inspector at an Examination in Public.
The council is stressing that this consultation is different because the Examination will only consider certain issues about the plan, and has produced guidance to help residents make comments which the Inspector can use.
You can find out how to make your comments, and what information the government’s Planning Inspector will be able to consider, in a special booklet being distributed to every household in the city.
The booklets will be delivered to every household in the city alongside – but not inside – another local publication.
If you haven’t received your household’s copy by Monday 26 February, please request one through email@example.com or call 01904 552255.
You can see all the same information, how to respond and view the full Publication Draft and supporting documents:
- Online at www.york.gov.uk/localplan
- In any York library or at the council’s West Offices
All responses must be made by midnight on Wednesday 4 April 2018 to ensure they can be considered by the Government.