Opposition councillors claim builders are rushing through planning applications before Local Plan is approved

Opposition councillors claim builders are rushing through planning applications before Local Plan is approved

Opposition councillors claim builders are rushing through planning applications before Local Plan is approved

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political Reporter

DEVELOPERS are “leapfrogging” York’s Local Plan by getting approval for new homes before the city’s planning blueprint is in place, councillors have claimed.

Members of City of York Council’s planning committee raised their concerns about housebuilders taking advantage of the wait for the Plan – which maps out how York will be developed up to 2030 – to be adopted as controversial proposals for 102 homes on fields in Strensall were given the go—ahead.

If the Plan is ultimately approved by the Government, it will include sites for 22,000 new homes around the city, many on green belt land. The Brecks Lane scheme was granted permission last week on a 9-7 vote, after 122 residents, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy, Strensall councillor Paul Doughty and Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council objected.

York’s currently unofficial green belt will be formalised by the Plan, which the council hopes will be in place by the start of 2015.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ann Reid said the hiatus could be playing into developers’ hands.

She said: “As we do not have a Local Plan, it seems to be open season for anybody wanting to leapfrog it. Developers are perhaps hoping to get planning applications through before a decision on York’s green belt.”

Conservative councillor Joe Watt said approving schemes like the Strensall development would leave residents wondering whether the Local Plan “really matters”.

He said: “We should have more faith in the Local Plan process, and it will only be about a year before we know the result on it.”

Fellow Conservative Coun Ian Gillies said: “It may be that the Local Plan says the Strensall site is fine for development, but it looks like it will be built on a year or more before the Plan’s adoption and it is a case of ‘can we get this through?’”

Martin Grainger, the council’s head of planning and environmental management, said developers and landowners could make planning applications at any time.

He said: “The council can’t control when this happens and have a legal duty to consider the application.

“However, if applications for sites come forward in advance of the Local Plan being approved, it’s important all aspects relating to the sites are fully considered, including any representations from the public during consultation at the preferred options stage of the Plan.

“This is to ensure planning committee are fully aware of all issues when making a decision.”

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9:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

meme says...

Of course they are as the incompetence of this council in not getting a local plan approved is not their fault; Its entirely the Councils fault.
as for ' it only being about a year before its known' we have heard that for the past 10 years and the new plan is so full of holes an inspector will chuck it out again
we need officers who are capable of doing a proper job without political interference if we are EVER going to get a local plan
Of course they are as the incompetence of this council in not getting a local plan approved is not their fault; Its entirely the Councils fault. as for ' it only being about a year before its known' we have heard that for the past 10 years and the new plan is so full of holes an inspector will chuck it out again we need officers who are capable of doing a proper job without political interference if we are EVER going to get a local plan meme
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11:11am Tue 25 Feb 14

BL2 says...

The planning process in York is a total joke - the planning committee have their own agenda and anyone who goes against it has to fight tooth and nail to even stand a slim chance of getting it overturned.
The planning process in York is a total joke - the planning committee have their own agenda and anyone who goes against it has to fight tooth and nail to even stand a slim chance of getting it overturned. BL2
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11:41am Tue 25 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Of course they are, they are not stupid......
Of course they are, they are not stupid...... TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -38

3:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

greenmonkey says...

Two years ago we could have has a plan but it was scuppered by the planning approval for out of town shopping as part of the stadium deal which went completely against the whole policy approach to keeping retail in the city centre. If we had got it to inquiry then we wouldnt now be at the mercy of the national presumption in favour of building wherever a developer decides will make money. The proposals for massive new settlements to the north and south of the outer ring road may meet the housing targets, but must surely fail to be deemed sound on grounds of inadequate transport infrastructure.
Two years ago we could have has a plan but it was scuppered by the planning approval for out of town shopping as part of the stadium deal which went completely against the whole policy approach to keeping retail in the city centre. If we had got it to inquiry then we wouldnt now be at the mercy of the national presumption in favour of building wherever a developer decides will make money. The proposals for massive new settlements to the north and south of the outer ring road may meet the housing targets, but must surely fail to be deemed sound on grounds of inadequate transport infrastructure. greenmonkey
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6:58pm Tue 25 Feb 14

PKH says...

greenmonkey wrote:
Two years ago we could have has a plan but it was scuppered by the planning approval for out of town shopping as part of the stadium deal which went completely against the whole policy approach to keeping retail in the city centre. If we had got it to inquiry then we wouldnt now be at the mercy of the national presumption in favour of building wherever a developer decides will make money. The proposals for massive new settlements to the north and south of the outer ring road may meet the housing targets, but must surely fail to be deemed sound on grounds of inadequate transport infrastructure.
If I remember correctly it was a dead duck when the government inspector said the plan you refer to drawn up by the LibDem administration was not fit for purpose. It was the incompetence of the LibDems propped up by the Tories is the reason for no current plan. By the way I believe this current Labour Council is at least just as incompetent as the previous shower.
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: Two years ago we could have has a plan but it was scuppered by the planning approval for out of town shopping as part of the stadium deal which went completely against the whole policy approach to keeping retail in the city centre. If we had got it to inquiry then we wouldnt now be at the mercy of the national presumption in favour of building wherever a developer decides will make money. The proposals for massive new settlements to the north and south of the outer ring road may meet the housing targets, but must surely fail to be deemed sound on grounds of inadequate transport infrastructure.[/p][/quote]If I remember correctly it was a dead duck when the government inspector said the plan you refer to drawn up by the LibDem administration was not fit for purpose. It was the incompetence of the LibDems propped up by the Tories is the reason for no current plan. By the way I believe this current Labour Council is at least just as incompetent as the previous shower. PKH
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7:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

PKH says...

PS If the Monster Raving Loony Party stand in my ward I will probably vote for them as they can't be any worse than the main parties in York
PS If the Monster Raving Loony Party stand in my ward I will probably vote for them as they can't be any worse than the main parties in York PKH
  • Score: -52

6:36pm Wed 26 Feb 14

meme says...

Its political interference that stops the officers putting together a local plan that will stand up to examination and its been the Lib Dems and Labour doing this for years. No doubt the Tories would do the same if they had secured power at anytime
However the latest plan needs MORE land or will be thrown out again and we waste more money starting all over again as we have done at least three times in the past
Its political interference that stops the officers putting together a local plan that will stand up to examination and its been the Lib Dems and Labour doing this for years. No doubt the Tories would do the same if they had secured power at anytime However the latest plan needs MORE land or will be thrown out again and we waste more money starting all over again as we have done at least three times in the past meme
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