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Green Belt: York

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the proposed change in the (a) scale and (b) extent of the green belt around York arising from proposal YH9 of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy. (246008)

The principle of land being identified for the purposes of green belt around York has not altered as a result of the recent publication of the Yorkshire and Humber RSS (May 2008). In addition, RSS does not propose that the general extent of the green belt should be altered around York. York city council is however required by Policy YH9 of RSS to consider the setting of the historic city and long term development needs of the local authority area when identifying the inner green belt boundary.

It is the responsibility of local planning authorities to identify detailed green belt boundaries. York city council is currently in the process of preparing a local development framework for the district. This document will for the first time identify detailed green belt boundaries within the city that will determine the precise extent of land identified for the purposes of green belt policy.