Village and Civil Parish of Heslington, near York, England


Heslington Parish Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

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 parish 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.

Why Heslington needs 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, preserving and enhancing our much loved green spaces, maintaining the agricultural rural aspect of the Parish, 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.             

With a Plan we will have more say about future developments.

The Parish Council are united behind the importance of having a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Parish Council has a responsibility to submit the best version of the plan they can that protects the whole Parish, Heslington Village, and its surroundings.                                                                     

The Parish Council, as the qualifying body, submitted a Plan. In the Examiner's report he recommended that for the submitted Plan to proceed to referendum, policies would need to be deleted as the current Plan’s rationale, evidence base and drafting are insufficient to support these policies.

Deleted Policies

* Purpose built student accommodation

* Vehicular and pedestrian traffic

* Traffic in Heslington conservation area,

and the paragraph relating to

* Site 3 - Elvington Airfield Grasslands western end removed from Green Infrastructure

From previous Parish consultations, these policies were high on resident’s wish list.

The Parish Council believe they are important policies to the Neighbourhood Plan and after much consideration, have withdrawn this version of the Plan .

How the modified version is being prepared

The intent is to modify the Plan based on the existing policies which will be reviewed and if required, updated.

The deleted policies will be redrafted with the necessary rationale and evidence base to create legally compliant policies..

The Parish Council will be advised throughout the process by their Consultant and will work with City of York’s Planning Department.

Following Parish consultations and examination, the Plan will be resubmitted to referendum.

If you have any questions or want to know more please contact the Parish Clerk at:

Working Group will meet on  Tuesday 11th June 7pm for a Neighbourhood Planning Meeting.  .

Heslington Parish Neighbourhood Plan

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