Heslington Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood plan banner

The Parish Council are looking for feedback on the Heslington Neighbourhood Plan. Here’s your opportunity to help influence planning policies in our Parish.

What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

There are three types of plan that will influence the way the University, the City and the local community will develop; the Campus Masterplan, the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan. This consultation refers to the Neighbourhood Plan.

The aim of the Neighbourhood Plan is to develop a shared and sustainable vision for the Parish of Heslington and help shape the development and growth of our local area. It supports development for the community where the ambitions of the neighbourhood are consistent with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area. It focuses on the future and therefore would only apply to new planning proposals and those brought forward under reserved matters.

The Neighbourhood Plan sits alongside the Local Plan and the University’s Campus Master Plan.

What is the Local Plan?

The 'Local Plan' belongs to the City of York Council. It is a city wide plan which provides a framework to guide and promote development (including new homes, businesses and transport), and to protect the quality of York's unique historic, natural and built environment. The document sets the strategic priorities for the whole city and forms the basis for planning decisions. York City Council are currently working towards the new Local Plan. Once 'adopted' the new Local Plan will determine how the city develops over the next 15 years and beyond.

What is the Campus Masterplan?

The Masterplan provides a framework for how, from the perspective of the University, we view, use and develop our campus of the future. The Masterplan will be delivered through a series of projects taking us through a journey lasting 15- 20 years and will deliver: high quality research space, teaching focused learning environments, a vibrant community, sustainable development, estates efficiency and effectiveness, engaging vistas and routes.

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan provides an opportunity to create a shared and sustainable vision of how we would like Heslington to be over the next 15 years; to ensure that new developments or changes fit in and contribute to the well-being of the Parish; and to conserve the village character and sense of belonging that is so valued.

What’s in the Neighbourhood Plan?

1. Business, Employment & Local Facilities

Aim: To support businesses and employment developments that meet the needs of the community whilst retaining the essential nature of Heslington village and its surroundings.

Policy 1: Main Street – change of use

Within the Main Street area, application for changes of the use to retail (A1), Food and drink (A3, A4) and medical and other community facilities (D1) will be permitted subject to:

  • There being no significant detrimental impact on traffic safety or capacity
  • There being no significant detrimental impact on the amenities of nearby residents eg by restricting the hours of operation
  • There is no change of use involving the loss of retail, food and drink, business or community facilities in Main Street, including changes of use of ground floors to residential use
  • Proposals to diversify the use of public houses will be supported, providing the use as a public house remains as part of the mix of uses.

Policy 2: New business and employment development

New business and employment development will be permitted in:

  • Existing science park and business zones on University campuses
  • Within the strategic designated York Draft Local Plan housing sites, where they compromise local facilities for the new housing
  • Within farm complexes, to support diversification, providing there is no significant adverse impact on traffic safety, congestion and residential amenity.

2. Agriculture & rural enterprise

Aim: To supporting and help agriculture and rural enterprises to thrive.

Policy 3: Agriculture and Rural Enterprise

New development will be supported where:

  • It is sited and designated to support and acknowledge the working farms and rural businesses of Heslington
  • It ensures that farm traffic is accommodated
  • It does not compromise farming activities.

3. Urban Design & Character

Aim: To strengthen the historic character, rural setting and core village identity.

Policy 4: Sustainable design

New development will be supported where it uses high quality design, incorporating key principles from the Design Council’s Building for life 12 and based on sustainable urban design principles. This includes:

  • Complementing the surrounding character of the Parish in terms of scale, height, massing, spacing, urban grain and set-back from street frontages
  • Providing active frontages to streets and public spaces, so as to provide natural surveillance
  • Providing a clear separation between private spaces (rear gardens) and public spaces and streets
  • Creating attractive, safe, permeable and convenient pedestrian environments, linking to the surrounding footpath network.
  • Using permeable materials for hard surfaces
  • Providing a range of parking solutions as an integral part of the layout, ensuring that parking does not dominate the street scene
  • Using materials within the conservation area that respect, and are sympathetic to the context and building traditions of the village.

All new housing will incorporate:

  • Screened storage space for refuse bins and recycling bins
  • Enclosed, secure, covered storage for cycles.

Creative and innovative design solutions are welcomed, especially where they incorporate superior environmental performance.

Policy 5: Urban character

New development and extensions to existing buildings will be supported where they complement the local and historic character of Heslington, including:

  • Complementing the vernacular forms, scale and character of the Heslington Conservation Area
  • Respecting the character and setting of Heslington, including the medieval pattern of long, narrow burgage plots in Main Street
  • Preserving gardens and open spaces behind and between the houses and only allowing sub-division of such gardens and open spaces where the resulting layout would maintain the character and amenity value of the village
  • Maintaining historic paths and routes
  • Maintaining key views and the setting of local landmarks to help orientation and provide local distinctiveness
  • Having regard to the diverse character of the historic environment, based on a variety in styles and construction methods
  • Retaining wide green verges, without further crossways
  • Adhering to the additional guidelines (see the full Plan for details) in so far as they are material to the proposal.

Policy 6: Conversion of existing buildings

Building conversions and extensions which complement the vernacular forms, scale and character of buildings in the village will be supported. In particular, extensions should avoid dominating the parent building in terms of scale or siting.

4. Housing

Aim: To support future development of appropriate housing, without compromising the unique qualities of the built and natural environment.

Policy 7: New housing

Housing development will be permitted in the following locations:

  • Infill development appropriate to the draft Green Belt, within the built area of Heslington village.

Outside of these locations, small-scale infill housing development will be permitted, providing:

  • It comprises infill development within an existing housing row or cluster
  • It would avoid the creation or extension of ‘ribbon development’.

New housing will be permitted if it:

  • Maintains or enhances the amenities of existing residential properties
  • Complements the character of the area, including complementing the spatial characteristics of existing housing in terms of setback, spacing and garden space.

Policy 8: Housing mix and affordability

New housing development will be permitted if it includes a balanced mix of house types, to meet local need and should meet the Government’s technical housing standards.

Affordable housing provided in response to York Draft Local Plan requirements will be supported if provided within the development site, so as to meet Heslington’s needs, and not be provided remotely through financial contributions.

Affordable housing will be supported where it is tenure blind, forming an integral part of any scheme.

Policy 9: Housing and community facilities

Development of housing on strategic sites will be supported where it incorporates community facilities as part of the mix of uses, to support the additional needs of the new residential population. This includes recreational facilities, convenient paths and green spaces to encourage healthy lifestyles.

If sites are developed incrementally, a masterplan should be prepared, including the location of community facilities.

Policy 10: Student accommodation

New student residential accommodation will be permitted within the University of York campuses. Student accommodation will not be permitted within the built up area of Heslington village, in the interests of maintaining a balanced ranged of housing for local people.

5. Local green environment

Aim: To protect the rural, open character and green spaces of the Parish from inappropriate development.

Policy 11: Local green space

Designated Green Spaces must remain as open community spaces.
Small size, ancillary development will be permitted, providing it meets all of the following:

  • The open and green character of the Green Space is not compromised
  • It compromises facilities to support the community use of space
  • The community, wildlife, amenity or other values as a Local Green Space are preserved or enhanced.

Policy 12: Green environment

New development will be supported when it can be shown to avoid significant harm to the environment of Heslington, including:

  • Trees, woods, hedges, ditches, grass field margins, flora and fauna
  • Local wildlife habitats and protected landscapes, including the Common Lands and SSSI
  • Designated and significant Local Green Spaces as listed (see the full Plan).

Where significant harm cannot be avoided, it must be adequately mitigated, or as a last resort, compensated for.

Opportunities to incorporate improvements for green infrastructure in and around developments are to be encouraged.

6. Transport & Movement

Aim: To improve the choice and sustainability of traffic flows (vehicular, cycle and pedestrian) for those who live, work, study or do business in the Parish.

Policy 13: Sustainable transport provision

New housing development on the strategic allocation sites will be supported where there is balanced and sustainable transport provision, including:

  • Public transportation facilities, including new bus stops
  • A layout providing convenient pedestrian links to footpaths, bus stops and community facilities
  • Facilities for cyclists and pedestrians on any new link roads to the A64 and University.

Where a site is to be developed incrementally, a transport masterplan should be prepared for that site, showing links to adjacent sites and the surrounding area.

Policy 14: Vehicular traffic

New development will be permitted where vehicular access to the strategic housing site is provided, to safely accommodate the additional traffic generated and avoid additional traffic movements through Heslington village. Achieving this would involve:

  • Providing the principal vehicular access from ST15 (Land west of Elvington Lane) to the A64
  • Avoiding vehicular, pedestrian and cycling connections to local roads through Heslington village or the access roads south of Heslington.

Policy 15: Traffic in Heslington conservation area

Development will be supported only where the increase in traffic would cause no significant harm to the character or appearance of the Heslington Conservation Area, taking account of parking, movement and disturbance.

Where development relies on highway improvements within the Heslington Conservation Area, they will be permitted only if those highway improvements preserve or enhance and cause no harm to character or appearance of the Conservation Area.

Policy 16: Paths and other rights of way

New development will be supported where it does not disturb or impinge on public footpaths, bridleways, cycle paths or byways.

New development near to public footpaths, bridleways, cycle paths or byways will be supported where it preserves or enhances their distinctive character.

7. University of York

Aim: To balance the needs of a successful University with the unique identity of the village and the Parish.

Policy 17: Campus development

University of York campus sites West and East are allocated for:

  • Education and uses ancillary to the primary purpose as a university
  • A business and science park.

Development on the campuses will be supported, subject to:

  • The green open space ‘buffer zones’ protecting the landscape settings of Heslington village and Badger Hill remaining undeveloped
  • ‘Good practice’ principles (see Plan for full details).

Let us know what you think

Heslington Parish Council would like your feedback and any comments you may have about the Policy Areas you are interested in.

Fill out the Google form by 5pm Thursday 14 March 2019.

Share your thoughts