TIME IS RUNNING OUT for people across the county to have their say on the East Riding Draft Local Plan Update.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been asking for residents to give their views and comments on the proposals, 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 period was extended from the usual six-week period to a 10-week period, which ends on Friday, 6 August 2021 so there is still time for people to get involved and have their say.
There are a number of public consultation drop-in events taking place, including an additional session on Monday 26 July at Hessle Town Hall between 12noon and 7pm, where people can speak directly to a council officer.
The drop-in events, which will continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines, will be held at the following East Riding venues:
- Tuesday, 20 July – Pocklington Arts Centre, 12noon-7pm
- Thursday, 22 July – Withernsea Leisure Centre, 12noon-7pm
- Monday, 26 July – Hessle Town Hall, 12noon-7pm.
All the events will be reviewed in consultation with the council’s public health team 48 hours before taking place to ensure staff and visitor safety.
** Should an event need to be cancelled then the information will be updated on www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate so anyone wishing to attend a session is advised to check the website beforehand to ensure the event is still taking place.
As well as the drop-in session, the consultation documents can be found online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate while hard copies of the documents can also be viewed at the council’s libraries, customer service centres, multi-service centres and mobile libraries.
“The East Riding Draft Local Plan will shape the future of the East Riding for many years so it is vitally important that residents are able to have their say and give us their views on the proposed housing, employment and mixed-use allocations across the towns and villages.
“The consultation ends on 6 August so time is running out for people to have their say on the plans so I’d urge them to let us know their views either face to face at a drop-in event or by completing the form online.”
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing at ERYC
Comments can be made online via www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate or by writing to Forward Planning (AS67), East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA.
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 in November 2019. 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.
In the future, when things are proposed almost fait accompli, then this is the consultation that the council officers will point to as the period when you should have had your say!