In a submission to the Local Plan Planning Inspector, the York Labour Party have called for additional housing sites to be built on York’s precious greenbelt, despite household projections for the city declining.
York’s Liberal Democrat Councillors originally opposed Labour’s Local Plan, which was often described as a ‘developers free for all’, due to the number and size of housing sites placed in York’s greenbelt. Since the Labour backed Local Plan failed, Liberal Democrat Councillors removed and reduced the number of sites proposed in the greenbelt.
However, in their recent submission to the Planning Inspectors, York Labour call for the restoration of formerly proposed housing sites, which were removed from their Local Plan.
Instead, the Liberal Democrat backed Local Plan looks to build over 20,000 homes over the next 20 years, including up to 4000 more affordable homes and the creation of around 650 new jobs per year, whilst at the same time, defining greenbelt boundaries for the first time in the city.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for the Local Plan, commented:
“It’s no surprise that York Labour are once again calling for widespread construction on York’s precious greenbelt, as it was their Local Plan which has now endangered sites like Askham Bog.”
“Since the Liberal Democrats entered into administration of the Council, we have worked hard to develop a balanced Local Plan for the city, one which removes the sites Labour proposed for the greenbelt, and instead, prioritises the development of brownfield sites in the city and properly defines our greenbelt in planning law.”
“York Labour want to add these inappropriate sites back into the Local Plan and threaten the special character of our city. Instead, the Liberal Democrats will continue to support the current draft Local Plan, as it is a plan which will successfully secure the delivery of sustainable community facilities, facilitate economic growth in the city, and crucially, build the homes that York needs - all whilst maintaining the special and historic character of the city.”
“Cllr Perrett, as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group and York Outer candidate, should come clean with residents and say precisely which sites in the constituency she wants to concrete over. The voters deserve to know before Thursday.”