Villagers in one part of the Selby District have agreed a plan for their own community which sets out the type of development that would be supported. This has now been adopted by the District Council to use when it considers planning applications.
In a move that's the first of its kind in the district, villagers in Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Selby held a referendum last month on a neighbourhood plan – created by the community themselves, approved by an independent inspector and supported by the District Council - that will help determine the type and location of any new development in the area.
The District Council's Executive has now adopted this new neighbourhood development plan. This means it will become part of a range of policies and guidance that are considered when the District Council makes decisions on planning issues. This means that the needs and aspirations of the people living in the plan area are now contained in planning policy.
Executive Member with responsibility for place shaping, Cllr John Mackman, explained, "This is about giving local communities more of a say in planning decisions that affect their area. Having a neighbourhood plan in place means that the District Council will consider these local needs when making decisions about planning applications. This will help to ensure that any future developments consider both the wider strategic needs of the district with the local needs of people living in village communities".
Local councillor for the area covered by the plan and Executive member for housing, Cllr Richard Musgrave, added, "I'd like to thank the parish council in particular for their work over a number of years to make this happen. It's been a challenging process, but we now have in place something that will ensure that local people's views are heard in any future planning applications for the area".
A referendum on the plan was held in the villages at the end of November, with 87% of people voting in favour on a turnout of 41%.
All planning decisions are made based on local and national guidance about a number of key issues and statutory consultations. This neighbourhood plan becomes a further consideration for applications received for this particular area.
The decision of the Executive to adopt the plan is subject to a statutory ‘call in’ period before it can become part of the Council’s policy.