Issue details

10 Year Strategies

As a Council, we are following a strategic approach to developing the city’s ambitions for the decade ahead, considering the interdependencies between actions that affect the environment, society, and the economy. Particularly recognising the Council’s existing commitment to achieving zero carbon by 2030, and the impact that climate change is already having locally, through ever increasing extreme weather events. The Covid pandemic has also further highlighted the importance of cohesive and urgent action that would address the longer term challenges and take advantage of the opportunities for developing skills and infrastructure needed to tackle the shift to a sustainable and inclusive economy. To this end, three strategies have been developed, covering health and wellbeing, economic growth and climate change to inform city-wide direction over the next decade.

The purpose of the report is to present the Economic Strategy, and the Climate Change Strategy for consideration by Executive as to whether to adopt these on behalf of the city.

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy is provided as an annex to note interdependencies; however the Health and Wellbeing Strategy is separately considered for approval by the Health and Wellbeing Board.

A city-wide engagement process has informed the development of the draft 10 year strategies, and resident and stakeholder feedback will be shared with the report. Relevant scrutiny committees have also contributed and reviewed the strategies.

The Executive are asked to:
• Approve the Climate Change Strategy 2022-2032 and the Economic Strategy 2022-2032
• Consider whether to adopt the Climate Change and Economic Strategy on behalf of the city, or whether to defer the decision to Full Council
• Review the resident and stakeholder feedback that informed the development of these strategies.
• Review the draft 10 year plan

Decision due date for Executive changed from 06/10/2022 to 22/11/2022.  Reason: Because of the sad demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the subsequent postponement of Climate Emergency Policy and Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Wellbeing Board, we have postponed the 10 year strategies item on Executive.  This is to provide sufficient time for the strategies to be reviewed prior to commencing to Executive for approval of the Climate Change Strategy and endorsement of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Be significant in terms of its effects on communities;

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/09/2022

Level of Risk: 04-08 Regular monitoring required;

Decision due: 22/11/22 by Executive

Lead member: Executive Leader (incorporating Policy, Strategy and Partnerships)

Lead director: Director of Governance

Department: Directorate of Governance

Contact: Claire Foale, Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy Email:

Consultation process

The 10 Year Strategies were developed over a period of 18 months by speaking to residents, businesses, community groups and partners.
The resident engagement plan for the strategies was approved at Executive on Thursday, 22 April 2021 (item 123).
The Our Big Conversation attitudinal survey helped us understand what’s important for the people who live, work and study in our city.
Over 2,000 participants, including residents and businesses, took part to tell us about different aspects of living in the city, which helped inform our 10 Year Strategies.
We helped shape the strategies and covered different aspects of climate change through a mixture of technical and industry roundtable meetings, focused stakeholder and partner discussions and through business groups, and health and wellbeing workshops.
The York Big Question took place during winter 2021 to 2022, engaging residents and third sector groups in what good health and wellbeing looks like to them.
Several key co-production projects have fed into the development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, such as the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme.
In May 2022 the Health and Wellbeing Board members held a workshop to agree the outline contents, building on this engagement and on the statutory Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, recently refreshed by the Public Health Team.
More targeted focus groups to explore strategic themes with target demographics took place throughout May and June 2022. These targeted groups invited participation from residents who did not engage in Our Big Conversation to make sure we had a blend of perspectives shaping the strategies.
Residents, businesses and stakeholders were invited to review the draft 10 Year Strategies and tell us what they think about what it will be like to live in the city in 2032 through the Our Big Conversation: 10 Year Strategies Consultation.
Scrutiny Committees and decision sessions discussed different aspects of the strategies as they developed throughout the last 18 months, with joint Scrutiny Committees scheduled for July and September to consider the interdependencies between the strategies.
Consultation feedback will be shared with this report.

Consultees: Residents, businesses, stakeholders, health and care users

Equality Impact Assessment Completed?: Yes


Agenda items


  • 10 Year Strategies  


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