Local councillors have welcomed the news that a Green Belt area in Rural West York has been saved as an appeal against the refusal of a planning application has been dismissed by the Planning inspectorate.
Local Rural West ward councillors James Barker and Anne Hook have been campaigning to prevent the development of 60 new homes on agricultural land next to the A59 and across from the development now being built at the former Civil Service Sports Ground.
This application was refused at planning committee because it is in the proposed Green Belt and is contrary to two neighbourhood plans, but the developer sought to appeal this decision.
It has now been confirmed that this appeal has been dismissed. In the reason for this decision, the Planning Inspectorate confirms that the application constitutes an ‘inappropriate development in the Green Belt’ and would be ‘harmful to the Green Belt’ and cause a considerable ‘loss of open space’, impacting York’s special character.
Commenting on this decision, Councillor James Barker, Liberal Democrat Rural West ward councillor, said:
“York’s Green Belt has recently increasingly come under attack by both developers and opposition councillors who have repeatedly called for widespread construction on York’s precious Green Belt.
“I am delighted to see the Planning Inspector side with members of the planning committee and local residents, many of who have expressed their concerns over this development and the loss of Green Belt area.
Councillor Anne Hook added:
“The Green Belt forms an important part of the special open and agricultural character of the setting of our historic city and the Rural West York area. We are all aware of the need for more housing in the city but this should not come at the loss of the Green Belt.
“This is why I am glad this administration is progressing a balanced local plan which will go a long way to address the local pressures in our housing market, including the regeneration of brownfield sites, and at the same time, guaranteeing the protection of the greenbelt and York’s natural beauty.”
Notes to editors:
- The development plan for the area is the Upper and Nether Poppleton Neighbourhood Plan. Within the plan the site is designated as being within the Green Belt. The site is also within land identified as Green Belt in the Draft Local Plan, the approval of which is currently progressing.
- Please find attached a copy of the Decision letter from The Planning Inspectorate in respect of the above appeal.
- Find attached a photo of Cllr James Barker by the Civil Service Sports Ground.