York Halves Green Belt Take in Revised Local Plan

Yorkshire Post

Thousands fewer new homes than previously forecast will be built in York over the next 15 years if a new revised planning blueprint for the city is agreed.

Proposals drawn up by York Council after years of political rows show the total amount of land designated for new homes in the city’s long-awaited draft Local Plan will be halved – from 960 hectares (ha) to 480ha.

The amount of greenfield land earmarked for development – a long running source of contention – has also been halved, while 57ha of land is planned for employment sites; four less than before.

It is an approach that the council said means detailed Green Belt boundaries would be set around the city for the first time.

At least 8,277 homes would be built by 2032, another 2,450 homes by 2037, and up to 11,000 new jobs would be created, according to the new draft plan drawn up under the council’s Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition leadership.

Three years ago, the-then Labour-led council’s draft plan set out to deliver 22,000 new homes and up to 16,000 new jobs in the same period.

But the revised proposals are more suitable for the city’s development, said council leader and Conservative councillor David Carr.

Coun Carr told The Yorkshire Post: “The figures in this plan are evidence based on forecasts made by experts who looked at population growth figures and household formation.