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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Useful Information and Downloads

Julian’s Submission to the Consultation:

Julian’s submission to the Council’s consultation on the draft Local Plan can be viewed as a pdf by clicking here.

Key Points of Objection:

At a number of Julian’s recent public meetings, many constituents have asked him to summarise what he feels are the main points of objection. These are as follows: 

The Council’s Calculation of Need – Whether it’s the housing allocations, the traveller and showpeople allocations or the wind farm proposals, Julian firmly objects to the Council’s calculation of need for these sites. The Council believe they will create 1000 jobs per year over the life of the Local Plan and they are justifying the scale of housing they’re proposing on these job growth figures. We need to contest these forecasts. Other local authorities are introducing much fewer traveller and showpeople pitches, like Harrogate District Council, who are only proposing 7 traveller and 0 showpeople pitches. We need to be asking what makes York different?
Inappropriate on the Greenbelt – The developments the Council are proposing are absolutely inappropriate on York’s Greenbelt and could ruin the character and setting of the City for generations to come. While York’s Greenbelt is still only in ‘draft’ status it does currently inform planning policy in York. The Council are persistently saying that they are seeking to define the Greenbelt, but in reality they are trying to redefine it. We, as the people of York, need to be making the argument that we don’t want the Greenbelt to be redefined in the way they are proposing in the draft Local Plan.
Unsustainable – York’s infrastructure is already under strain. Our roads are persistently congested, our schools are oversubscribed, flooding continues to ravage the City at regular intervals. There are many strong arguments that can be made about the lack of sustainability in what has been proposed in the draft Local Plan. As a key point, Julian believes that local knowledge is incredibly useful here. If you know that the sites proposed are in flood plains or the local schools are oversubscribed, be sure to use these points in your objections.


Fact Sheets:

Julian has been creating area specific Fact Sheets to raise awareness of what has been proposed in and around each community within the York Outer constituency. Click on the relevant links below to download a Fact Sheet (in pdf) and see what’s been proposed in your area. (N.B. The consultation process has now closed and the Council will not take into account any further representations made to the consultation. These Fact Sheets are for information purposes only.)



Haxby & Wigginton


Heworth Without

Huntington & New Earswick

Rural West York

Skelton, Rawcliffe & Clifton Without

Strensall Ward

Wheldrake Ward

Woodthorpe & Dringhouses



Proposals Maps – Click on this link to be redirected to the Council’s Local Plan downloads page, where you can download pdf proposals maps for all the individual wards, as well as a map of proposals for the whole York area.



To view and sign Julian’s e-petition to ‘Protect York’s Greenbelt’ on the Council’s website, click here.

To view a list of other petitions on the draft Local Plan, click here.


Useful Council Links:

Local Plan Page – Click here for general information on the Council’s Local Plan.

Local Plan Background – Click here for some detailed background info on the Local Plan.

Local Plan FAQs – Click on this link to be redirected to the Council’s Local Plan Frequently Asked Questions Page.

The Draft Local Plan– Click on this link to be redirected to the Council’s Local Plan downloads page, where you can download the full draft Local Plan in pdf format,

Local Plan Supporting Documents – Click here to see the downloads list for the supporting evidence documents, call for sites information and proposals maps for all the wards in the City of York.

Proposals Map – Click on this link to be redirected to the Council’s website, where you can download their York wide Proposals Map as a pdf.


Planning Policy and Other Useful Information:

National Planning Policy Framework – Click on this link to access the government’s planning policy framework, which all Local Authorities are supposed to comply with when formulating their Local Plans.

Planning Policy for Travellers Sites – Click on this link to access the government’s supplementary document on planning for Travellers Sites, which is supposed to be read in conjunction with the above NPPF.

Designing Gypsy and Travellers Sites – Click on this link for the government’s good practice guide on how these sites should be designed and developed.