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York Minster Neighbourhood Forum finalises draft Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation

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A revised draft York Minster Neighbourhood Plan is published for six weeks of public consultation today.  The plans will be on view at a public exhibition in St William’s College on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January and also online from 10 January until midnight on 23 February.

Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct at the Minster said:

“There was an excellent response to last year’s consultation and it was hugely encouraging that 69% of those who responded supported the proposals and shared our vision for a sustainable, long-term future for the York Minster Precinct. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to give us their views.  Their input has been vital in reshaping and refining our plans.”

There was strong public support for:

Whilst there was overall support for proposals to create new visitor facilities, some people were concerned about housing the facilities in new buildings on the lawns under the South Quire Aisle.  As a result, the new visitor facilities will now be located in existing buildings to the south of the Minster.

There was strong support for a new sensory garden but some people felt that the plan to provide direct access to the garden from the city walls might actually make the area too busy and noisy.  Improving access to the city walls will now be considered as part of the project to develop the Old Palace in a later phase of work in the Precinct.

The revised draft York Minster Neighbourhood Plan is the result of detailed collaboration with the Minster’s immediate neighbours, the wider local community and statutory bodies including City of York Council and Historic England.

Following this consultation, final amendments will be incorporated into the draft Plan.  It will then be submitted to City of York Council.  The council will carry out a final statutory consultation before the Plan is submitted for independent examination by a Planning Inspector.   Copies of the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment are also available to view and comment on as part of the consultation process.

How to view the revised Neighbourhood Plan consultation

The revised Neighbourhood Plan proposals will be available for public view and comment at a two-day exhibition event at St William’s College, College Green, on Friday 10 January from 11.00am until 5.00pm and on Saturday 11 January from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

The exhibition will be available to view and comment online from 10 January until midnight on 23 February at https://yorkminster.org/about-us/master-planning/.

The exhibition can also be viewed inside the Minster’s North Transept and outside on the Queen’s Path next to the Mason’s Lodge.

Visitors can also drop-in to three city centre locations to view a printed version of the consultation and to pick-up a feedback form. The locations are:

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