• Issue 33

  • Feb 2018

The Source

York Rejects Housing Boost and Allocations

Despite advice from York’s professional planning officers to allocate sufficient housing land to meet the needs of its current and future residents, elected members have chosen to reject almost all the sites proposed for the city’s draft local plan.

The allocations would have taken account of the “direction of travel” of national policy by bringing the council into line with the government’s proposed standard methodology. Their adoption would have been particularly pressing as York is one of the 15 “tardy” authorities facing a government takeover of their plan-making function.

A report considered by City of York Council’s local plan working group earlier this week recommended that the authority’s housing targets be increased from levels set out in its pre-publication draft local plan so as to give the council a more “robust” position at the plan’s examination stage.