Public views wanted on newly proposed development sites

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Land in York that has not previously been considered for development as part of long-term plans to support the city’s growth and housing needs will be the subject of a public consultation, starting this week.

A six-week consultation period begins on Wednesday to gather residents’ views of new sites put forward by landowners for inclusion in the city council’s next 15-year Local Plan.

Opinions will also be sought on some boundary changes to proposed sites which were identified earlier in the planning process.

The feedback will help inform future recommendations on the portfolio of land to be included in the publication of the council’s draft Local Plan. This document will then be subject to a further city-wide public consultation later this year, before being submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

The plan will identify new sites for employment and housing, and will allocate “safeguarded land” for the city’s future needs. It is expected to be in place by the beginning of 2015.

Councillor Dave Merrett, York Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, planning and sustainability, said: “It’s important to test the new sites that came forward during the consultation (last year) 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.”

The Local Plan proposes to create the first fully defined Green Belt to protect York and its villages’ surroundings until around 2040. The first round of consultation was carried out last year, receiving more than 14,000 responses. A number of new consultation events are planned in June. For further details call the consultation number on (01904) 552255 or email localplan@york.gov.uk