The Parish Council are looking for feedback on the Heslington Neighbourhood Plan. Here’s your opportunity to help influence planning policies in our Parish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
New business and employment development will be permitted in:
Aim: To supporting and help agriculture and rural enterprises to thrive.
New development will be supported where:
Aim: To strengthen the historic character, rural setting and core village identity.
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:
All new housing will incorporate:
Creative and innovative design solutions are welcomed, especially where they incorporate superior environmental performance.
New development and extensions to existing buildings will be supported where they complement the local and historic character of Heslington, including:
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.
Aim: To support future development of appropriate housing, without compromising the unique qualities of the built and natural environment.
Housing development will be permitted in the following locations:
Outside of these locations, small-scale infill housing development will be permitted, providing:
New housing will be permitted if it:
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.
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.
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.
Aim: To protect the rural, open character and green spaces of the Parish from inappropriate development.
Designated Green Spaces must remain as open community spaces.
Small size, ancillary development will be permitted, providing it meets all of the following:
New development will be supported when it can be shown to avoid significant harm to the environment of Heslington, including:
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.
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.
New housing development on the strategic allocation sites will be supported where there is balanced and sustainable transport provision, including:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Aim: To balance the needs of a successful University with the unique identity of the village and the Parish.
University of York campus sites West and East are allocated for:
Development on the campuses will be supported, subject to:
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.