The Council is the Local Planning Authority for the area of the District outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  This area includes the main towns of Richmond, Catterick Garrison and Leyburn and is also home to the Army at Catterick Garrison.  It is responsible for guiding development by preparing local policies about where and how development should go and then determining planning applications against these policies.  The local planning authority's role is defined in planning law and detailed in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG).

Local Planning Policy

Call for Sites Consultation We are currently carrying out a Call for Sites consultation running until 6th October 2017 where local residents, landowners, developers and businesses can put forward sites in Richmondshire (outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park) for consideration. This is one of the first steps of the review of the Local Plan to establish what land is available for development within the Plan Area.

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation  We are currently preparing a new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to reflect changes in planning legislation and to ensure the SCI reflects the latest methods of consultation. Please go to our Statement of Community Involvement page to view the Draft SCI and how you can comment on it.

The Council's Local Plan contains key policies for managing growth and change across the District to 2028. The Richmondshire Local Plan 2012-2028: Core Strategy was adopted by the Council 9th December 2014.  It sets out:  the amount of new housing, retail and employment development that will take place in different parts of the District; identifies the type of development required to meet the needs of local communities; outlines the types of changes that will happen within the plan area; lists some of the projects and investment that will support and deliver the strategy; and provides a framework to assist in the determination of development proposals.

For more information about local planning policy you can visit the Local Plan page, contact the Community Development Team on 01748 829100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Development Management

For more information about how the Council handles local development proposals please visit the Development Management page.  Our Planning Guide tells you about how the planning system works at the local level as well as guidance on how you can get involved.  You can view our Service Charter here pdfDevelopment Management Service Charter

For more information please contact the Development Management Team on 01748 901131 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Yorkshire Dales National Park

Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park website for information about development in its area.

 Minerals and Waste

North Yorkshire County Council is the Mineral and Waste Planning Authority for Richmondshire. Visit the North Yorkshire County Council website for more information on this issue.

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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