Selby District Local Plan – Evidence Base Documents Consultation: 3 September – 15 October 2021

Dear Parish / Town Council Clerk,

Selby District Local Plan – Evidence Base Documents Consultation: 3 September – 15 October 2021

Selby District Council is holding a six-week consultation from Friday 3 September until 5pm on Friday 15 October 2021 on the following Evidence Base documents to support the Selby District Local Plan:

  • Green Belt Review (2021)
  • Greenspace Audit (2021)
  • Local Plan and CIL Viability Report (2021)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities Assessment (2021)

The Selby District Local Plan – Evidence base documents present research and studies which provide the evidence to support the decisions for the policy direction of the emerging Selby District Local Plan.  The Selby District Local Plan Preferred Options consultation took place between January and March 2021, whilst the Additional Sites consultation is currently underway and closes on 13 September 2021.  The Preferred Options Consultation document set out the Council’s preferred spatial approach in terms of where development will be focussed and the draft policies which will be used to determine planning applications up to 2040.

To ensure that these evidence base documents set out above have been subject to the same level of scrutiny as other evidence base documents previously published, we are now seeking your views on these studies.  Your views will help us to finalise the direction of the policies for development in the Publication version of the Local Plan, which will be consulted on early next year.

Please note we are not seeking comments on the policies or sites which were previously included as part of the Local Plan Preferred Options consultation or Additional Sites consultation.

Greenspace Audit

We are also asking for your assistance to ensure that we have identified all areas of greenspace and to obtain your views on whether you consider there to be any deficiencies in your parish area.  There are a number of parishes which do not contain any identified greenspace. If you feel there are areas we should consider please let us know.

Furthermore, we welcome any comments or local information you may wish to share in relation to churchyards, cemeteries and burial ground space across the District.  If you have any local knowledge that you feel could assist us, please let us know.

Where can I view the consultation documents?

The Evidence Base consultation documents are available from Friday 3 September 2021 at the following link on the Council’s website:

Please note that the deadline for submitting representations is 5pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

How to submit comments

Please submit comments via the consultation portal at the following link:

 Using the Consultation Portal

To submit comments at: , you must have an account and be logged in using the white login icon on the top right of the page.  If you have not registered with us before, you should first register here:  When you choose to register by giving your name and email rather than postal address, you will be sent an email with a link to activate your account.  Please click on the activation link before trying to log in.

When you’ve logged in and begin making your first comment, you will be prompted to confirm your contact details first.  You only need to register as an ‘Agent’ if you are a planning agent, i.e. a planning professional submitting comments on behalf of landowners and / or stakeholders.  Once you are registered on the consultation portal, you will be updated on progress as the plan goes forward.

If you have previously submitted comments to us by letter or email

You can access the consultation portal using your name (or business name if applicable) as we have added your name and comments made at earlier consultations to our consultation portal.  Please note that your comments and some personal identifying details will be published in a public register and cannot be treated confidentially.  Where practical, personal identifiers may be redacted, however Selby District Council cannot guarantee that all identifiers will be removed prior to publication of consultation records.

 Your personal information will only be used for the purpose for which it was given, which is to ensure your comment is recorded, to contact you regarding your comments and to keep you informed of the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan and of further opportunities to get involved. Further details are set out under the Planning Policy Privacy Statement:

 By submitting a comment on the Local Plan Evidence Base Documents Consultation, you confirm that you agree to this and accept responsibility for your comments. 

 If you do not have access to the internet or an email account, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01757-292134 for how we can assist you in accessing the above documents and being involved in this consultation. 

 Further Information

For information on the Local Plan process and for progress on other planning policy documents, please see the Council’s webpage:  If you have any queries, please contact the Planning Policy Team at or call 01757 292134.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Planning Policy Team