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This document is the post-adoption statement for the revocation of the regional strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber (modified to retain the York green belt policies from the Yorkshire and Humber Plan).
This environmental report is a consultation document on the likely significant environmental effects of revoking the Yorkshire and Humber Plan and the regional economic strategy (which together form the regional strategy).
This report succeeds the previous environmental report for the revocation of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Strategy which was consulted on between October 2011 and January 2012. It is a standalone document that is intended to give reader an up-to-date comprehensive assessment of the environmental effects of the revocation of the Yorkshire and Humber Plan and the regional economic strategy without the need to refer back to the previous environmental report.
At the end of the period all consultation responses will be considered, including those already submitted during the earlier response period. Responses are invited on all aspects of the report and proposal including the supporting appendices.
In assessing the impacts of the revocation, the environmental report identifies adverse impacts that would arise from revocation of the regional strategy policies for the York green belt and identifies a mitigation measure that would remove the impact. This, retention of the relevant part of the regional strategy until the York Local Plan is in place, is also put forward as a reasonable alternative. The government’s policy is to protect green belts and considers the reasonable alternative to retain York green belt policies would be consistent with its current policy. The government is therefore sympathetic to this option, subject to its consideration of the responses to the consultation. The government will therefore consider carefully the adverse impacts on the York green belt identified in the environmental report; and would welcome views on these aspects, any suggestions for mitigation and in particular on the reasonable alternative of retaining the York green belt policies until the York Local Plan is adopted.
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