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Escrick Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan - update May 2018

Following a public consultation in September / October 2017, Selby District Council has now approved the whole of Escrick Parish as a Neighbourhood Area.  We subsequently applied for funding and support for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) in the new financial year from Locality (who provide support for Neighbourhood Planning groups on behalf of Government).  Our grant application was approved in full and is expected to cover the costs of the work needed.  We have also appointed consultants Integreat Plus (an award winning company with local experience of assisting communities to prepare NDPs) to lead us in this process.

In order to ensure that the NDP incorporates the aims and objectives for the future of the village and surrounding area, and to ensure that it seeks to identify issues of concern and examine options of potential solutions / opportunities, we will be setting up a Working Group of those interested in becoming directly involved.  We are seeking a wide range of interests from within the community to ensure that what we produce is a true reflection of what we need and want for old and young alike and guides our future to meet the needs and aspirations of us all.  This is your opportunity to give your views, share your experience and help shape our future.

We will be gathering your views through a series of questionnaires and events (public meetings, exhibitions etc) over the coming year.  At these times, the new Working Group and any additional volunteers will help gather and distribute information, set up events, and help us communicate with as many local residents, organisations and businesses as possible.  We will keep you informed of progress and ask for your views and invite your involvement through these NDP webpages (escrick.org/ndp), the Parish Magazine and other communications as required. We will initially set up a meeting to tell you more about the NDP and what being a member of the Working Group would involve.  

Please register your interest by emailing ndp@escrick.org by 1st June or phone 07718801619.  You can also speak to either Cllr Tudor Rees or Cllr Lilian Coulson directly if you would like to know more at this early stage.  We hope to hold an initial meeting on Sunday 10th June at 3pm in the village hall.  We need your help and support, so please register your interest as soon as possible.

Background

Historically Selby District Council prepared a Local Plan and we as a Parish Council had the opportunity to comment and then respond as a consultee to planning applications only.  Now Central Government is encouraging communities to prepare their own Neighbourhood Development Plans so that they have a better opportunity to influence and control what happens in their area.

Selby District Council has an adopted Core Strategy Plan that now allocates Escrick as a Designated Service Village, which means that we are now likely to have to accommodate some residential development, the scale of which is currently unknown.  We would like to work with the community to try to influence what takes place where and what it should look like.  Also that key services and infrastructure that are needed to support it are also provided. 

We have applied for the Neighbourhood Development Plan Area to be that of Escrick Parish.  We cannot include that part of the village that lies within Deighton / York within it as this is a separate statutory area, but we can discuss key influences from it on us within the document in due course.  We are also conscious that large parts of the Parish are rural and that there are also wider highways / traffic, waste / mining, environmental etc issues that using the Parish boundaries as the Plan Area will allow us to also consider. 

Apart from giving us greater influence on the planning process for our community in the future (applications will have to be considered against what the adopted NDP Plan says in due course), the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy by Selby District Council (a payment based on additional floorspace developed) will mean that more monies will be returned to the Parish to fund additional infrastructure and key projects that we all deem important. With a NDP in place, under current rules, we will receive 25% (instead of 15%) of levy funds collected by SDC to spend as we think fit within the Parish. 

The stages of creating a Plan are very logical:

  • Notify the District Council that we are intending to do this (this first stage)
  • Getting your inputs on what issues you think are important and want to see in the Plan
  • Creating an initial draft document for you to review and comment upon
  • Publishing the Plan formally as our vision of where and how we see development in the Parish taking place