What is a neighbourhood plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a relatively new type of planning document which allows the local community to shape development and influence planning in our area. Neighbourhood Plans form part of the statutory development plan for the City of York and the policies contained within them are then used during the process of determining planning decisions.

They form part of the Government’s approach to planning, which aims to give local people more of a say about the future of their area.

When preparing a neighbourhood plan, communities are not working from a blank piece of paper. National rules set out some important principles to which neighbourhoods Plans must abide. One of these is that all Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with national and local (i.e. City of York) planning policy.

Huntington Parish Council agreed that it should work with the community to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole of the Parish area.

A Steering Group has been established to lead the process.

Draft Huntington Neighbourhood Plan

The Huntington Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been published for consultation for 7 weeks from 17th January to 9th 2017.

The Draft Plan and associated maps and supporting documents can be seen below.

You can request a hard copy of the plan and response form by emailing: huntington.parishclerk@yahoo.co.uk

This is your chance to influence planning and development in Huntington for the coming year years.

Next Steps

The results of the consultation on the Draft Plan will be considered very carefully and used to finalise and amend the Neighbourhood Plan. This will then be submitted to the City of York Council with background documents including a Consultation Statement. The City of York Council will undertake a further public consultation on the Plan for 6 weeks before the Plan is subjected to an independent Examination. A Referendum will be held on the Plan, and if successful it will be before the “made” and uses it to help determine planning applications.