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Proposed Submission Local Plan Update

The Proposed Submission Local Plan Update is the latest stage in preparing a revised Local Plan for the East Riding. Documents have been prepared and published for consultation.


What is the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update? 

Comments on the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update are invited to be submitted on or before 11:59pm on 5 December 2022.

The East Riding Local Plan is the suite of documents that sets out the scale, location and infrastructure requirements of new development for uses such as housing, employment and open space over the next 15 years.  It sets out planning policies for the area and is a key driver in determining planning applications and development opportunities in the East Riding. 

The council has reviewed the adopted Plan and is now consulting on an update. This is the final stage of consultation in reviewing the Local Plan, following an Options Document consultation and call for sites in 2018, and the Draft Local Plan Update consultation in 2021.

The Proposed Submission version of the Local Plan Update is the version that the council considers to be suitable for examination by an independent planning inspector. The documents have been drafted in a style to show the ‘final’ wording to allow users to consider what an adopted version of the document would look like. It is not the final version of the document, there is an opportunity to make changes following this consultation and an examination of the Plan. 

In preparing this version of the Local Plan we have considered all the responses provided to us from previous consultation documents, including the Options Document (2018) and the Draft Local Plan Update (2021), and have reflected on significant amounts of evidence and studies to develop the policies within this document.

This consultation marks the last opportunity for you to tell us your views before it is submitted to the Government for examination. Only those who have responded at this stage will be able to get involved at the examination. The examination will be undertaken by a planning inspector who will test the document to determine whether it is ‘sound’ and whether it is legally compliant (see below).

All comments (or representations) made on this document will be provided to the planning inspector for consideration as part of the examination (see How can I respond to the consultation? for more details).

Consultation documents

The documents that make up the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update are: 

Proposed Submission Local Plan Strategy Document Update 2022 (pdf 20.9mb)
- sets out the updated planning policy approach for development in the East Riding. 

Proposed Submission Local Plan Allocations Document Update 2022 (pdf 10.4mb)
- sets out site specific policies and how the proposed draft allocated sites should be developed. 

Proposed Submission Local Plan Policies Map Update 2022 (external council website)
- shows the location of proposed allocations set out in the Proposed Submission Allocations Document Update, including the development limits of settlements and areas that should be protected from development. Individual settlement maps, as PDF documents, are available to download in the consultation document library. Use the search function to search for a settlement. 

Supporting documents

A range of background and evidence base documents supporting the aims of the Local Plan Update will also be published and available for comment. These include: 

Sustainability Appraisal - assesses whether the policies are a sustainable option for the future. Further documents relating to the Sustainability Appraisal are set out in the document library

Sustainability Appraisal - Main Report and selected appendices (pdf 7.4mb opens in new window)

Sustainability Appraisal - Non-Technical Summary (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

Habitat Regulations Assessment - assesses the impact of policies on internationally designated sites. Further documents relating to the Habitats Regulations Assessment are set out in the document library

Habitats Regulations Assessment - Main Report (pdf 4.9mb opens in new window)

Consultation Statement - setting out how the council has previously consulted on the Local Plan Update and how those comments have helped shape the Update

Consultation Statement Main Report (pdf 1.61mb opens in new window)

Consultation Statement Appendices (pdf 9.2mb opens in new window)

All of the above documents and many more supporting documents that have informed the Local Plan Update are set out in the Document Library.

Summary

We have also prepared online summary information pages, which you can access via the link below. They provide a brief overview of the Local Plan Update, along with information on specific topics including housing, the economy, the environment, community & infrastructure, and Land North East of Howden. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

How can I respond to the consultation?

We would like to hear your views on the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update. At this stage in the Local Plan Update process, your comments need to identify whether or not you think the policies and proposals within the documents are 'sound' and/or whether the Plan complies with the relevant legal requirements, including the duty to co-operate.

Please use our online form to submit your comments. 

Have your say using our online form

Guidance for completing the consultation response form (pdf 188kb opens in new window)

The online form is the preferred method for submitting comments. However, if you cannot do this, you can email or post your comments using the following form to the addresses below. 

Downloadable version of the consultation response form (docx 63b opens in new window)

Email: forward.planning@eastriding.gov.uk 

Forward Planning (AS67)
East Riding of Yorkshire Council 
County Hall
Beverley
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA.

All representations need to be made by 11:59pm on 5 December 2022

Completing the form

The way you can comment is set out by Government and a guidance note (see above) has been prepared to help you complete the response form (see also below for an explanation). If after you have read the guidance note, you are unsure how to complete the form, please contact a planning officer using the details above. The officer will try to help you decide which issue your comment relates to legal compliance, duty to cooperate or soundness.

All comments (or representations) made on this document will be provided to the planning inspector for consideration as part of the examination.To ensure an effective and fair examination, it is important that the  inspector and all other participants in the examination process are able to know who has made representations on the Plan. We will therefore ensure that the names of those making representations can be made available (including publication on this website) and taken into account by the inspector. Your details will be retained and used in accordance with the council's privacy notice and the Planning Inspectorate's privacy notice

If your comments relate to the way the council has prepared the Local Plan Update it is likely to be a matter of legal and procedural compliance. Comments concerned with the actual content of the Local Plan Update are likely to be concerned with the soundness of the Plan.

Is the Plan 'sound'?

The inspector will review the submitted Local Plan Update documents to determine whether it is sound. The tests of soundness are set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Plans are sound if they are:

  • Positively prepared - providing a strategy which, as a minimum seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs, and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring authorities is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified - an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
  • Consistent with national policy - enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF.

If you think the content of the plan is not sound because it does not include a policy on a particular issue, you should go through the following steps before making representations:

  • Is the issue with which you are concerned already covered specifically by national planning policy (or, in London, the London Plan)?
  • Is the issue with which you are concerned already covered by another policy in this plan?
  • If the policy is not covered elsewhere, in what way is the plan unsound without the policy?

If the plan is unsound without the policy, what should the policy say?

Is the Plan legally compliant?

The inspector will examine whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements. Representations on this could cover whether or not the Local Plan Update has:  

  • been prepared in accordance with the council’s Local Development Scheme
  • been subject to consultation with the public and relevant bodies in accordance with the regulations and in general compliance with the Statement of Community Involvement
  • been subject to a Sustainability Appraisal that considers the economic, social and environmental impacts of proposed policies
  • considered the duty to cooperate – that is, has the plan been prepared in cooperation with other local authorities and prescribed bodies, such as the Environment Agency, to address strategic and cross-boundary issues; and
  • had regard to national policy.

What is the duty to co-operate?

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act requires the council to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with neighbouring authorities and certain other bodies over strategic matters during the preparation of the plan. The local planning authority is expected to provide evidence of how they have complied with the duty.

Where can I view hard copies of the documents or speak to a planning officer? 

All consultation and background documents are available in the document library below. 

The Strategy Document Update, Allocations Document Update and Policies Map Update are also available to view in hard copy, from the start of the consultation period, at all East Riding libraries, customer service centres, multi service centres and mobile libraries during normal opening hours. 

Hard copies of the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment are available to view on request. Please use the contact details to arrange an appointment to view. 

Hard copies of all documents may be purchased from the Forward Planning team. Details of prices are available on request.

Drop-in events

A series of public drop-in events have been arranged to give you an opportunity to speak to a planning officer about the issues. Please see the table below for details:

Details of the drop-in events for the Local Plan Update
 Location  Date  Time
 Pocklington Arts Centre  Thursday 27 October 2022  12-7pm
 Withernsea Leisure Centre  Wednesday 2 November 2022  12-7pm
 Driffield Community Centre  Thursday 3 November 2022  12-7pm
 Bridlington Spa  Monday 7 November 2022  12-7pm
 Shire Hall, Howden  Tuesday 8 November 2022  12-7pm
 The Courtyard, Goole  Thursday 10 November 2022  12-7pm
 Brough Community Centre (Petuaria Centre)  Monday 14 November 2022  12-7pm
 Beverley Leisure Centre  Wednesday 16 November 2022  12-7pm
 Hessle Town Hall  Tuesday 22 November 2022  12-7pm

Where can I find out more information about key themes in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update?

We have prepared online summary information pages, which you can access via the link below. They provide a brief overview of the Local Plan Update, along with information on specific topics including housing, the economy, the environment, community & infrastructure, and Land North East of Howden. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

Why is the Local Plan being updated?

The council is required to review the Local Plan within five years of adoption. The current Local Plan was adopted in 2016. A number of other reasons for updating the Plan have been identified: 

  • Changes in planning policy published in the National Planning Policy Framework
  • Issues identified in the inspector’s report from the examination of the adopted Local Plan
  • Monitoring outcomes of the current Local Plan policies; and 
  • Updates to the Local Plan evidence base

What has already been done as part of the Local Plan Update?

The first stage of Local Plan update was the Options Document consultation that took place in 2018. A series of questions and options were presented in the document and responses helped shape the Draft Local Plan Update alongside updated evidence work and a sustainability appraisal. 

The council also undertook a ‘call for sites’ during the consultation period. This process helped to identify potential sites that should be considered through the Local Plan Update. These sites were assessed against the Site Assessment Methodology, which sets out the process the council followed to assess and compare the suitability of potential development sites submitted to us.

The second stage saw the publication of the Draft Local Plan Update in 2021. This included and updated version of the Strategy Document and Allocations Document, as well as the accompanying Policies Map. A suite of documents and evidence was published alongside this. The comments made on those documents have been considered and have fed into the preparation of the Proposed Submission version. 

Responses to the previous consultation

Our Consultation Statement explains the consultation undertaken so far in developing the Local Plan Update. It includes a summary of responses received to previous consultation exercises in the main report, with a settlement by settlement summary provided in Appendix 3. A separate document is also available for comments on the Options Document (2019). Please note that these documents are also provided in the document library below (ref PS-EB11). 

Local Plan Update Consultation Statement - Report (pdf 1.6mb opens in new window)

Local Plan Update Consultation Statement - Appendices (pdf 9.2mb opens in new window)

Summary of comments on Options Document 2019 (pdf 800kb opens in new window)


Does the Local Plan Update propose to build more houses in the East Riding?

Yes. The Proposed Submission Strategy Document Update sets out the framework for the scale and distribution of development required to meet the area’s needs to 2038/39.

To meet local housing needs and changes in the population, the Strategy Document Update proposes an additional 20,900 new homes for the period 2020/21 to 2038/39 distributed across various locations around the East Riding (an average of 1,100 dwellings per annum compared with the current adopted requirement of 1,400 dwellings per annum).

The Proposed Submission Allocations Document Update presents preferred sites for allocation, identifying where existing sites will be retained, amended or de-allocated (removed). It also presents new sites that are required to meet the area’s needs or to replace existing allocated sites that are no longer thought to be developable, or are not as well suited compared to other sites promoted.

To accompany the Proposed Submission Allocations Document Update, a summary of the allocations by settlement has been produced: 

Summary of Allocations by Settlement (pdf 15.6mb)

This includes a table which summarises the proposed outcome for each settlement, setting out the number of new (if any) allocations in that settlement. The majority of settlements do not have any new allocations proposed.

A summary of the approach taken to housing development in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update can be found using the following link. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

What is being proposed for Howden?

Howden sits within a sub area that includes Goole. Goole would be expected to take a significant share of the area’s housing requirement but, whilst the level of defences are good, the risk of flooding (in planning terms) severely restricts the amount of housing that can be delivered there. Howden was considered alongside other settlements in the sub area, such as Snaith, Eastrington, and Pollington, and was selected as the most appropriate location for new development due to its size, level of services and facilities, connectivity and employment opportunities.

Proposals have been drafted to develop the area of land to the north east of Howden, between Station Road, Thorpe Road (A614) and the railway line. The proposals include new homes (approximately 1,865 dwellings), employment land, local services including a primary school, open spaces, a new road between Station Road and Thorpe Road, and car parking.

A summary of the approach taken to the land north east of Howden in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update can be found using the following link. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

Please note that a planning application has been submitted to develop this site. Further details can be found on the council's Public Access website using the planning reference 22/02118/STPLFE. 

How were sites identified? 

Sites that were submitted to us during the call for sites were assessed alongside the allocated sites in the adopted Local Plan. They were assessed using the Site Assessment Methodology (see below), which sets out the process the council followed to assess and compare the suitability of potential development sites submitted to us. The methodology considers a wide range of social, environmental and economic factors such as flood risk, infrastructure, biodiversity, ownership and character to assess whether a site is sustainable and deliverable.

Site Assessment Methodology (pdf 1.2mb)

The assessments of individual sites, including those that have not been selected, are detailed in separate documents as part of the sustainability appraisal of the Proposed Submission Allocations Document Update. These are also in the Document Library and are provided with the reference ‘PS-SA03’. If you are looking for a site within a particular settlement you can search by that settlement. Please note that sites in settlements not within the 'Settlement Network' (see Policy S3 of the Strategy Document) have not been assessed. 

How does the Local Plan Update encourage economic growth?

The East Riding has a diverse economy, with a wide range of economic activities. The Proposed Submission Local Plan Update seeks to create a strong and diverse economy and covers a range of economic issues, including the allocation of employment land.

A summary of the approach taken to economic growth in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update can be found using the following link. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

How does the Local Plan Update address environmental issues?

The Proposed Submission Local Plan Update seeks to retain and enhance the East Riding's high quality environment. It responds to environmental challenges with a series of policies to guide development. It also establishes an approach to managing environmental hazards. 

A summary of the approach taken to addressing environment issues in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update can be found using the following link. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

How does the Local Plan Update seek to deliver and protect infrastructure, services and facilities? 

The Proposed Submission Local Plan Update seeks to ensure good access to a range of infrastructure, services and facilities, an important factor in creating sustainable communities. It aims to ensure the delivery of adequate infrastructure, facilities and open space to serve development as well protecting existing assets.

A summary of the approach taken to delivering and protecting infrastructure, services and facilities in the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update can be found using the following link. 

Local Plan Update - summary information pages

Where can I view the Proposed Submission Local Plan Update document library?

The consultation Document Library includes the consultation documents, including printable policies maps for individual settlements, the Sustainability Appraisal (including, site assessments), recent evidence base and background documents. The document below details all the documents in the library and these can be accessed via the table below

Proposed Submission Local Plan Update October 2022 Document Library (pdf 157kb)

You can use the search box below to find a specific document using the document library reference or keyword. 

Maps and site assessments - To find the policies map for a settlement or site assessment, simply type the name of the settlement (e.g. "Bridlington") into the search box. A key to the policies map is provided below. 

Policies Map key/legend (pdf 410kb)

What are the next steps for the Local Plan Update?

Following the six week consultation period ending on 5 December 2022, the council will review all the representations. We will then collate the necessary documents and submit them, together with all the representations received, to the planning inspectorate. An inspector will be appointed, along with an independent programme officer, and the examination process will begin. This is likely to start in mid-2023. The inspector will seek to conduct a series of hearings on various matters and will invite those who have made representations to participate. More details will be published on this website when further details are known.

The council may identify 'modifications' that it wishes to make in response to the representations or other evidence. Major or 'main modifications' would need to be subject to further public consultation and others may be identified through the course of the Plan's examination. 

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