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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian lobbies government to suspend Sunday Trading restrictions to aid families and key workers

Julian lobbies government to suspend Sunday Trading restrictions to aid families and key workers

Julian has joined members of Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee in writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Alok Sharma MP, to call for the suspension of Sunday Trading Laws for as long as emergency powers are in effect. Julian believes that the current restrictions imposed on shops make it much

Julian welcomes new ‘Nightingale’ hospital to fight coronavirus in Yorkshire

I am reassured by the official confirmation that a new ‘Nightingale’ emergency coronavirus hospital...

York Press column – Unity and self-discipline will get us through Coronavirus

A month on from my last column on overcoming Yorkshire’s flooding challenges, our community...

Julian writes to the Foreign Secretary to urge him to send repatriation flights to Australia and New Zealand

A number of constituents who are struggling to return home to the UK have...

Julian vows to protect Greenbelt following Council Local Plan announcement

April 12, 2013

Julian has today vowed to fight to protect the Greenbelt surrounding York from unnecessary development, following the City of York Council’s announcement that they intend to build over 1000 houses a year.

The Council’s draft Local Plan has been met with mixed views since it was announced earlier today. However, Julian has outlined his strong opposition to the Council’s plans, which could involve building over 4000 new homes in Skelton and 5000 to the south of Heslington in the near future.

On the announcements, Julian said:

“I was hugely disappointed to hear of the Council’s plan to drive a horse and cart through our existing Greenbelt protection. I am deeply concerned that the draft Local Plan has the potential to destroy the character and environment of our great city’s rural setting.

“After meeting with a number of Parish Councillors from across my constituency last night, I am all too aware of their strong desire to see development kept to an absolute minimum within York’s Greenbelt. However the Council appear to be flying in the face of all those who want to protect our Greenbelt, by proposing to build 1090 homes per year – around a 40% increase on the previous Local Development Framework targets. York simply does not have the infrastructure to enable them to deliver this target. They will only be able to achieve it by carving up our Greenbelt and ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of my constituents.

“I will now be strongly urging the Local Authority to engage in a proper and full consultation with local residents and parish councils. In the interests of democracy, they must act in accordance with their wishes.”

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