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Plan 4 Strensall & Towthorpe

The story so far

The Strensall with Towthorpe Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by a group of residents against a background of the emerging Local Plan being prepared by City of York council. The previous Draft Local Plan published in October 2014 for the period up to 2030 proposed 226 houses to be built on three sites (Brecks Lane H27 – 102, Behind Strensall Village H30 – 71 and The Tannery H32 – 53) within the parish of Strensall with Towthorpe. Housing on this scale will significantly stretch the existing facilities of infrastructure and the organisations engaged in the provision of retail and leisure.

Progress on this Draft Plan was halted by City of York Council on 9th October 2014 in order to review the evidence base and development strategy for new housing development across the local authority area.

Since that time a Planning Inspector was appointed by the Secretary of State to review the decision of City of York Council to allow the building of 102 properties on land to the North of Brecks Lane (Site H27). The Inspector found in favour of the Parish Council and permission was refused. This decision influenced a later application to develop part of site H30 with 11 dwellings and this application was refused by City of York Council. The remaining site was a brownfield site at the former Tannery and permission had already been given for the development of 53 dwellings on this site which was completed in 2015.

The Strensall with Towthorpe Neighbourhood Plan is not anti-growth but would wish to retain and enhance the following:

  • To maintain the character, setting and identity of the Village of Strensall and the Hamlet of Towthorpe.
  • To manage the growth of new development, particularly housing.
  • To ensure any development is sustainable.
  • To preserve the green belt which washes over the parish.
  • To support and develop community facilities.

The latest version of City of York Council’s Local Plan is due to go to an 8-week consultation period following approval by the Council at their meeting on 30th June.

The Parish Council has obtained copies of the Plan for you to view and a further copy will be available in Strensall Library.

Please register any comments or concerns about the Neighbourhood Plan and take the opportunity to study the Local Plan so that you can forward these to City of York Council once the consultation period commences.


Below are the results from the reason neighbourhood survey.

Contact Information

01904 491569
Postal address
Parish Clerk
Strensall Village Hall
YO32 5XW
Electronic mail
General Information: clerk-strensallpc@btconnect.com

This site was last updated on: 03/02/2017