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Protection plan appeal to Strensall and Towthorpe villagers
8:26am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A GROUP of villagers in York is appealing for fellow residents to help it draw up a plan for protecting the community amid future development.
People in Strensall and Towthorpe have been sent questionnaires about a “village design statement” (VDS), aimed at outlining how residents want their area to look in the future, following concerns about potential developments.
The questionnaires ask which characteristics people like about the village and what they do not want changed, as well as allowing them to air concerns about issues with particular facilities or activities.
When ultimately agreed with City of York Council, the statement can be used as supplementary guidance when planning applications are made and can give residents more say in decisions.
A spokesman for the Strensall with Towthorpe VDS development group said: “The adoption of a VDS would represent a decisive step in the protection of the green belt, the conservation areas and, in particular, Strensall Common, as well as marking the recognition that the development of the parish is fast approaching saturation point and further expansion must only be considered where it is in keeping with the parish and the wishes of the community.”
Collection boxes for the questionnaires will be in Strensall and Towthorpe businesses until September 13 and more information is at strenthorpevds.zxq.net
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