New evidence reinforces Local Plan approach

According to newly published evidence from the Council’s advisors, GL Hearn, the housing numbers provided in the City’s recently submitted Local Plan robustly meet the City’s needs, after having taken into account new data on projected population growth and predicted demographic changes in York.


Previously there had been some questions as to how York’s proposed Local Plan would meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012), against which the Plan will be examined by the Inspectors.

In the updated report, now submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectors, GL Hearn has calculated an updated ‘Objectively Assessed Housing Need’ figure of 790 dwellings per annum. This confirms to the Council that the 867 houses per annum proposed in the submitted Local Plan can be shown to robustly meet requirements.

This new information confirms the administration’s belief that the proposed Local Plan is a sound plan, which will supply enough homes for the people of York, whilst protecting its unique historic character and Green Belt.


Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, commented:

“We are determined to deliver the right Local Plan for York and the newly published evidence on the City’s housing needs confirms that we were right to maintain our balanced approach to creating the Local Plan.”

“It is pleasing to see that the new evidence demonstrates that the submitted Local Plan can deliver the housing our city needs to support all residents and improve our local economy, whilst crucially protecting the unique characteristics of the City, which make York a special place to live, work and visit.”

All documents, including the recent Housing Need Assessment, can be found online at:

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