RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say on proposed plans for housing and employment targets that will shape the future of the East Riding for years to come.
There may be some cynicism locally about making comments on the Local Plan when the East Riding of Yorkshire Council itself ignored it when giving consent to the Yorkshire Energy Park. However, to not take part in the consultation runs the risk of allowing aspects of the plan to go unchallenged and proposals that we might later consider unpopular being given the go-ahead.
The council is asking for people’s views and comments on the East Riding Draft Local Plan update, which sets out revised housing and employment targets for the East Riding.
The current East Riding Local Plan was adopted in April 2016 and the updated plan is proposing that the housing requirement in the East Riding should be 20,900 by 2039, with the sites for allocation also included in the proposals.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the consultation will take place over 10 weeks and the documents for people to comment on can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate where there is a series of interactive information pages (scroll and search the horizontal menus) that summarise key issues and will signpost to the various consultation documents.
While people are urged to view the documents online, hard copies will also be available to view at the council’s libraries, customer service centres, multi-service centres and mobile libraries.
“The current Local Plan was adopted in 2016. The council has reviewed this and is now consulting on a draft update. I would urge people to take a look at the proposals and let us know their views on the proposed housing, employment and mixed-use allocations across towns and villages in the East Riding.”
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing
All responses should be received no later than Friday, 6 August 2021. There is an electronic response form to comment on the consultation documents. It’s designed to be easy to use and allows you to comment on as many or few consultation documents as you wish, save your response and continue at a later date and upload supporting attachments.
Comments can be made online via www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate or in writing to Forward Planning (AS67), East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA.