Neighbourhood Plans are a powerful new way for local people to shape the future planning of their area. A Neighbourhood Plan gives us the opportunity to create a shared and sustainable vision of how we'd like our Parish to be; to ensure that new developments or changes fit in, contribute to the well-being of the Parish and conserve the village character and sense of belonging that we so value.
A Neighbourhood Plan establishes general planning policies that have to be considered by local authorities when determining planning proposals. It will help us to manage pressures for change positively, for the good of the community.
It's about making the Parish an even better place, for us and future generations.
The way to shape Heslington’s future is by having a Neighbourhood Plan.
Creating a Neighbourhood Plan means Heslington residents have the opportunity to influence the future development and use of land in the village.
The aim of our Plan is to allow businesses to thrive, while preserving the things that we appreciate living in this attractive area. It covers aspects such as identifying and preserving and enhancing our much loved green spaces, keeping the rural feel of the Parish outside the business and development areas, managing increased traffic pressure through the village and protecting the historic character of the area.
These elements are particularly important with the new large housing development proposals for Heslington set out in the City of York Local Plan.
Our Neighbourhood Plan looks in more detail at Heslington than does the Local Plan and will help influence planning decisions. Whilst Neighbourhood Plans must be consistent with York’s planning policies, our Plan will have its own distinctive local policies, with legal standing. These will be taken into account in future planning matters, such as housing, environment and the use of land.
Without a Plan we will have much less say about future developments.
In November 2016, Heslington Parish Council's application to designate the whole Parish as a Neighbourhood Plan area was approved. Since then the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has carried out extensive consultation with the community and also taken guidance from both the City of York’s Planning Department and professionals specialising in this field.
Following further feedback, the SUBMISSION VERSION of the Plan has now been submitted to City of York Council. The Council will now be arranging a formal consultation with residents and other stakeholders.
The Plan will then be reviewed by an Independent Examiner who will check that it satisfies the legal requirements and take into consideration any representations submitted during this period.
Following the Examiner’s review, the Plan, with any modifications required agreed, can go forward to a referendum of Heslington residents. If there is a majority “Yes” vote at this referendum, our Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for Heslington.
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