Council’s 10-week public consultation over draft Local Plan covering new homes target

A 10-week public consultation is set to begin next month on East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s draft Local Plan which proposes a target of 1,100 new homes a year.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:18 pm
Mike Stathers, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s deputy leader and Wolds Weighton councillor.

East Riding Council’s cabinet heard the consultation would take place virtually from the end of May and finish in July.

Council Planning and Economic Regeneration Director Alan Menzies told the cabinet the consultation would last longer than the legally required six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Victoria Aitken, the council’s economic development portfolio holder, said the draft plans were a “starting point” after telling members she had already been contacted by concerned residents.

The draft is set to replace the council’s current Local Plan which was adopted in 2016 and expires this year.

The draft plan, which would run until 2039, outlines local housing targets including for affordable homes and zones areas for residential, business and mixed use development across the East Riding. It proposes a target of 20,900 homes in total up to 2039, or 1,100 new homes a year.

Officers have assessed development in villages and towns across the East Riding under the 2016 plan and have proposed new local targets based on building levels since.

The draft plan proposes only including housing estates with existing planning permission in Goole, 855 homes in total, given the area’s current flood risk.

The draft aims to reduce house building in Pocklington to allow local infrastructure to catch up to developments.

Stamford Bridge would also be set for reduced housing due to “challenges” with highways, heritage and ecology, according to a council report on the draft plan.

Mr Menzies said the council would use “all means available” to ensure residents could take part in the consultation.

The director said: “We sent out a leaflet with council tax bills to tell residents a public consultation will soon be taking place. Traditional forms of consultation in village halls isn’t something we can currently do.”

Council deputy leader Mike Stathers said: “A lot of our communities have been anxious to look at this for some time, residents will soon be able to take part in drawing up the new Local Plan.”

Council Leader Cllr Richard Burton said consultation needed to be “robust and strong”.

Cllr Burton said: “The consultation needs to be as thorough as possible, I welcome the extra time for it.”