Local Plan moves forward as Working Group recommends to the Executive

The delivery of a Local Plan for York has taken another step forward today; following yesterday’s meeting of the Local Plan Working Group.

Following lengthy consideration, Members of the Local Plan working group have recommended a plan for Executive to consult on.

During the meeting, a number of amendments were made to the Local Plan report, which was recently published on the 12th January. 

Numerous attempts made have been made by previous administrations to deliver a Local Plan, appropriate for the people of York.  The Liberal Democrats have strived to achieve a balance between addressing our housing need, whilst protecting the Green Belt and local communities.

Cllr Nigel Ayre said:

“I am pleased that Members of the Local Plan Working Group have been able to recommend to Executive the consultation of a Local Plan for York, which works for residents of this City.

The Local Plan is hugely significant for York and therefore, it is absolutely essential that we deliver a plan that addresses the local pressures in housing, but at the same time, guarantees the protection of the greenbelt and York’s natural beauty through the regeneration of brownfield sites.  I would urge everyone, including the City’s MP’s, to support the plan.

In summary, the following amendments were made:

  • Accepted: 2,500 houses at York Central.
  • Accepted: 100,000 square meters for employment sites at York Central.
  • Rejected: Increased housing numbers at Metcalfe Lane, Wiggington Road and Elvington Lane.
  • Rejected: New housing site allocations at Wheldrake, Cherry Lane, Greystone Court, Riverside Gardens, Tadcaster Road and Galtres Farm.
  • Rejected: Completely new housing sites at Rufforth and Clifton Avenue.
  • Rejected: Expansion of employments sites at University of York and Elvington Airfield Business Park.
  • Rejected: New employment sites at Greenacres Murton Lane, Elvington Industrial Estate and remaining land at the Bull Commercial Centre.


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