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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.

In 2016 progress to the emerging City of York Local Plan was approved by the City Council on 30th June and a Preferred Sites Consultation took place between 18th July and 12th September 2016. The document did not contain any proposals to create further development in the parish but after taking account of the responses to the questionnaire the Parish Council suggested that unused land within the MoD married quarters should be used to provide social / affordable housing. Before the responses to the Preferred Sites Consultation could be incorporated into the emerging City of York Local Plan there was an announcement by the Ministry of Defence that the closure of the Queen Elizabeth Barracks and Towthorpe Lines would take place by 2021. City of York Councillors decided to request that the submission of the Local Plan to the Inspectorate be delayed by 6 months to allow investigation into the effect that the inclusion of MoD sites could have. This has provided a knock on effect to the compilation of the Neighbourhood Plan and members of the Steering Group have held meetings in early 2017 with City of York Council Officers to ensure the needs of the community are taken into account. Further regular meetings were arranged but have been postponed pending the outcome of talks between the City Council and the MoD and other interested parties.

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: 04/05/2017