A planing inspector has told the York Council to consult again on their plans to block MOD bases from being used for house building.
The planning inspectorate says that the changes – agreed earlier in the year – are major and require 6 weeks of public consultation.
The proposals mainly involved the Strensall camp where Natural England argued that redeveloping the base could adversely impact on the nearby nature reserve
In turn this meant that the Green Belt boundary would alter.
The move came as something of a surprise to the MOD who pointed out that part of the base was a previously developed brownfield site – the governments (and Councils) preferred location for housing developments.
The Inspector also wants to see the results of a consultation on new housing need figures. The figures had been scaled back following work by consultants who said that underlying housing demand figures were significantly lower than had previously been forecast.
The shock move means that the start of the “examination in public” will be put on ice again.
It is now unclear when the City can hope to have a fully approved Local Plan in place.