York Minster Ward Plan adopted by Heads of Council
A ‘PIONEER’ plan that charts the future of historic York Minster has been officially adopted by City Council after residents voted overwhelmingly in favor.
York Minster’s neighborhood plan, the first of its kind in the country to be applied to a cathedral, will help determine planning demands around the cathedral and its grounds – which contains more than 60 listed buildings.
Significantly, the plan will allow York Chapter, which manages the cathedral, to make groundbreaking changes to the seven-hectare estate – the largest planned program of works in 150 years.
Key projects include the Center of Excellence for Heritage Craftsmanship and Estate Management, the creation of new visitor facilities, a new public plaza and enhancement of the public realm and green spaces as well as a new discovery and learning center and a museum.
Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precincts, said: ‘The Neighborhood Plan will be crucial in enabling us to safeguard the Cathedral, creating a sustainable future for this hugely important religious, historic and architectural landmark, not just for York, but for millions of people. the world.”
More than 80% of residents living around the cathedral voted in favor of the plan, which was prepared by the York Minster Neighborhood Forum and was finally approved by York City Council’s Executive Committee on Thursday.
It contains a series of policies – of which sustainability is a key objective – that will be used when determining the planning applications located within the defined neighborhood area over the next 15 years.
Mark Calvert, President of the York Minster Neighborhood Forum, said: “The York Minster Neighborhood Plan is a truly community-led plan that intimately understands the complexities and sensitivities of planning for change both within a heritage and in a historic city like York. .
“It is the culmination of four years of hard work and extensive consultation, and with its official ratification, we are very proud to pave the way for other heritage organizations.
Cllr Ashley Mason, executive member for economics and strategic planning, praised the “tremendous efforts” that had been made to safeguard the future of the cathedral.
“It’s not just Yorkshire or England or the UK – people come to see the minister from all over the world so it’s really important that we support that,” he added.