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York Council to Ask Public For Housing Project Opinion

Over 10,000 new homes are set to go up around York in the near future, but council heads have confirmed that they will first ask the public for its opinion.

Ruling councillors recently gave the go-ahead for for the most recent draft of the Local Plan, which means that soon there will be a public consultation.

The consultation, which will take place over a period of eight weeks, will provide the public with its first chance to tell planners for the City of York Council what it thinks of the revisited employment and housebuilding plans for the future.

The executive member for planning, Cllr Ian Gillies, encouraged local residents to take advantage of the consultation period, which has been specially extended.

Mr Gillies said that he would urge anyone in the city who has an opinion on the matter to join the consultation. He added that there was surely a lot contained that some residents will agree with more than their neighbours.


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Council leader David Carr echoed his colleague’s sentiments, saying that people normally object and express their concerns at these events, while people who favour the draft stay quiet.

The draft plans are for approximately 8,200 new homes to be constructed in and around York by 2032. This total, which calls for an average output of 500 homes a year, is in addition to the 4,000 which have already received planning permission.

Almost 3,000 of these homes will be on two of the largest sites: 1,610 close to Elvington and 1,250 on York Central brownfield

Councillor Janet Looker, Labour group leader, said that the progress being made on the new draft was welcome news.

Cllr Looker said she was pleased that the plan had come so far, but felt that it contained some risks that were quite high. Nonetheless, she confirmed that she looked forward to hearing the feedback from the public and professionals.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Local Plan Working Group chair, said that the plan was an evidence-based one, which used the most current population data and directs development toward brownfield land instead of the greenbelt.

In September 2014 the council, which was Labour-run at the time, produced a draft plan which said that York needed close to 1000 new homes a year.


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