Housing debate to be reignited

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The row over plans for future housing in York looks set to be reignited after the council published its latest revised proposals for housing sites in the city.

A 5.9 hectare site north of Stockton Lane is among the new sites included in the revised proposals.

York Council set out plans last year which would see land made available for 22,000 houses to be built over the next 15 years.

As a result of feedback those plans have been tweaked and a fresh round of public consultations will now be held.

Coun Dave Merrett, the council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “It’s important to test the new sites that came forward during the consultation as well as previously rejected sites with the new evidence, to enable these to be given equal and fair consideration.

“Public consultation is an important part of the Local Plan process and members of the public must be able to have the opportunity to have their say on any significant changes to sites proposed that have emerged, particularly strategic allocations.”

The council says the housing is needed to ensure it remains affordable for local people but critics question the impact it will have on York’s character and infrastructure.

Coun Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat councillor for Heworth Without, the ward covering the land at Stockton Lane: said: “This is Green Belt land and development here is totally inappropriate.

“The site was previously rejected for sound reasons and the council should abide by those. Traffic on Stockton Lane is already a major issue for local residents and extra development will make things worse.”

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