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The latest police report can be found in Late News Items on Page 6




Web site last updated 28th November 2015.

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A resubmission of the planning application to erect 11 dwellings on land behind 92 - 100 The Village, Strensall has been received - (Application Reference 15/02353/OUTM). The Parish Council are considering  a response and will initially discuss the resubmitted application at the Planning Committee meeting to be held in the Village Hall at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 10th November 2015. A public session has also been arranged to take place on Monday 16th November between 3.00pm and 6.30pm.

 Any comments from residents at this meeting can be used in the Parish Council's Response.

The latest date for City of York Council to receive comments has been extended to December 4th 2015.

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Thanks to the new trustees who have joined the Strensall Community Youth and Sports Association based at Durlston Drive. These new trustees will ensure the excellent progress made by the original trustees will continue. Please support the community and sports events arranged at this venue.

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The inaugural meeting of the working group who have volunteered to compile a Neighbourhood Plan for Strensall with Towthorpe took place on Tuesday 24th August following approval at the August Parish Council meeting that the area to be designated to be covered by the Neighbourhood Plan would be the whole parish. The first stage is to apply to City of York Council for the Neighbourhood Plan to be designated and a letter of application was submitted on 27th August 2015. Members of the community who wish to join the group should apply to the parish clerk. The Group will normally meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month after the Planning Committee meeting. The statutory consultation process commenced on Monday 16th November and runs until Monday 14th December. Copies of the application and the Parish Notice from City of York Council have been posted on notice boards throughout the parish and can also be accessed by clicking the links shown.


A Plain English Guide to the Planning System can be viewed by clicking here


The Village Design Statement has been published and hard copies will be available (Price 1) from the Parish Council Office. An electronic version is also available (with page turning facility*) by clicking on the Village Design Statement link at the top of each page or by clicking here . This is a professional document and the working group must be congratulated for their input which has now reached its conclusion.

* The page turning facility allows the user to turn pages forwards or backwards by clicking on the page corner or hovering the mouse at the page edge and then clicking on the arrowhead. The double arrow at the top right of the screen is a zoom facility to enlarge the page which can be dragged on the screen as necessary.

A lower resolution pdf version is also available and can be viewed and printed. Click here to view.


As from 1st April 2015 the parish council office will be located in Strensall Village Hall. The hours of normal attendance will be 09.00 to 12.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



Please ensure you keep your possessions safe and ensure that outbuildings are secure.


With effect from 1st October 2012 the administration of Strensall Cemetery will be dealt with by the Parish Clerk. Please click here for details. The layout of the Rules have been amended to make them simpler to read and were agreed by the Parish Council on 8th July 2014.

 To view the cemetery documents click the appropriate link below

Rules        Interment Application            Memorial Application


The Police Report for last month can be viewed by clicking on the Late News Item page.



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The Final versions of the Strensall Village, Strensall Railway Buildings and Towthorpe Conservation Areas can now be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link Strensall Village , Strensall Railway Buildings , Towthorpe.


At the December 2010 meeting of the Parish Council it was agreed to implement a criteria for applications for grant funding. Details of the criteria and a copy of the application form can be found by clicking on the following links. Criteria or Application


For Information on Sports and Leisure activities visit also for information about the junior football club

To navigate through this web site please click on the links at the top of this page.

On the page titled The Parish Council you will find details of how local councils operate.

The page Councillors and Duties is a list of the current parish councillors and their responsibilities.

The page Calendar of Events shows details of the dates of parish council meetings and also provides a link to agendas and draft minutes of meetings. The hard copies of minutes are held by the parish clerk and are also available to view at Strensall Library.

The page Local Information provides details of local facilities.

And the final page Late News Items is a link to topical items being addressed by the parish council.


Strensall Village and the Hamlet of Towthorpe are located about six miles to the North of the City of York. They are in a semi-rural environment and are administered by the unitary authority of City of York Council. They have a total population of around 6500.

Strensall is referred to in the Doomsday book as Streonaeshalch, after Streona - a name, and halch - a corner of land. The land was owned by the Church and in particular the Bishops at York.

Towthorpe Hamlet was designated a conservation area by the Parish Council on 6th November 2001. It survives as a peaceful cluster of 19th Century, or earlier, brick farmhouses as well as more recently built properties. It includes Towthorpe Moat and Low Farmhouse which retains many original features.

The nearby Strensall Common is a National Nature reserve and a Sight of Special Scientific Interest. It is an example of a lowland heath land habitat and covers 500 hectares. Rare species of flora and fauna are to be found there including moths, flowers and ferns. To the south of the highway between Strensall and Flaxton the common is owned and exclusively used by the Ministry of Defence for military training. The public are welcome to use the facility but must not enter any Danger Area when the red flags are flying or red lights are exhibited.

Historically Towthorpe and Strensall were separate parishes but for many years they have been administered as one parish and are now  one parish called Strensall with Towthorpe.

Both Strensall and Towthorpe are pleasant and quiet places for families and the Parish Council is committed to working with the community to improve lives and amenities.

Ordnance Survey Maps still show the extent of the boundaries of each Parish. Strensall Parish consisted of the area roughly just south of the York to Scarborough Railway. Towthorpe Parish consisted of the area from Towthorpe crossroads almost to the York to Scarborough Railway. The single parish is represented by 14 Councillors.

If you wish to become involved in the process of local government at parish level or to contribute with ideas for further improvements then please contact the Parish Council at the contact address provided below.


To Contact us:

Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council

Strensall Village Hall,




YO32 5XW

Telephone - 01904 491569

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