Local Plan final consultation - what you need to know

You should already be aware that the latest Local Plan will be submitted to the government in May of this year and that the final opportunity to express your opinion is in a final consultation running from: 21 February to 4 April.

Any previous submission that you have made will no longer be taken into account. Therefore you must do a new submission.

Impact on Elvington

Elvington, and everyone living and working in Elvington, will be significantly affected by the proposals which include:
1. A new town with 3339 houses to be built just to the north of the village utilising part of the airfield runway
2. A 32 house development between Beckside and Church Lane
3. Extensions to Elvington Airfield and Elvington Industrial estates
4. Designation of a permanent 3 plot Travelling Showpersons site on Elvington Lane.

Impacts on the village and residents could include: additional traffic (on Elvington Lane and through the village) from the new town/houses, additional HGV and other traffic from the industrial estates, pressures on the school and doctors surgery, impacts on wildlife habitat, loss of Greenbelt and surrounding countryside.


The Planning Inspectorate will review the plan on behalf of the government and will only look at two general questions.
1. Is it legally compliant
2. Is it ‘Sound’ – (positively prepared, justified, effective,consista
Thus, your responses need to be tailored to ensure that they fit under one of these headings.
Ideally all new submissions should use the form provided by CYC, agreed with the Planning Inspectorate (a new form needs to be submitted for each subject that you wish to comment on).

However Email and written submissions are acceptable provided that
a) they include your name and address and that
b) the response is structured around the ‘legally compliant’ and ‘Sound’ headings.

If you feel strongly that there are better alternatives or that you/the village need better protection then now is your last chance to comment.

Response form:

The response form can be downloaded at:

Or completed online at: https://www.york.gov.uk/localplan
Return completed response forms or Emails: localplan@york.gov.uk
Completed printed forms /written responses to: FREEPOST RTEG-TYYU- KLTZ Local Plan, City of York

Legal Compliance

To be legally compliant the Joint Plan has to be prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate and legal and procedural requirements, including the 2011 Localism Act and Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). ‘Duty to Cooperate’ is further explained on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/duty-to-cooperate


Soundness is explained in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Inspector conducting the Examination in Public has to be satisfied that the Local Plan is ‘sound’ – namely that it is:

  • Positively prepared - the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified - the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy - the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework (NPPF).

More details on: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-planning-policy-framework/plan-making#para182