Call for Sites 2017

The Council is starting work on a review of the Local Plan which will update the policies by which applications for new development will be considered. This will also include, where necessary, identifying land for development for a range of types including Housing, Economic Development, Retail & Leisure and Community Facilities uses up to 2035. 

One of the first steps of the review of the Local Plan is to establish what land is available for development within the Plan Area. To assist with this process a Call for Sites consultation was carried out over September and October 2017.  Whilst the formal Call for Sites consultation has now ended local residents, landowners, developers and businesses can still put forward sites in Richmondshire (outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park) for consideration.

All submitted sites will be assessed through a full update of the Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment which will then inform the selection of suitable sites to be taken forward for allocation in the Local Plan 2014-2035 where required.

How do I submit a site?

Each site must be submitted on a separate Site Assessment Form along with an Ordnance Survey map with the site boundary outlined. The map should preferably be on a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 of size A4 or A3. It must be clearly annotated with the name/location of your site and your name and contact details (in case they become detached from the form). 

These can be submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by post to:

Community Development, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX

Site Assessment Forms

A Site Assessment Form is available below to download which allows you to provide relevant site details. Each site should be completed on a separate form. A Guidance Note and Use Classes Order is also available for download to aid completion of the form. N.B. It is important to save the Site Assessment Form on to your computer before completion to avoid loss of data.

For Electronic Completion

For Printing & Written Completion

Guidance Note

Use Classes Order

 What if I can't answer all the questions?

The form includes a comprehensive range of site assessment questions. You are not expected to answer all of them, but please provide as much information as possible. As a minimum we do require:

When is the deadline for submitting a site?

Sites can be submitted at any time and will be considered for inclusion within the next update of the SHELAA.

Who can submit a site?

Anyone can submit a site for consideration on the condition that contact details are included. Anonymous proposals will not be accepted, as we will need to be able to contact you in the future. Sites need not necessarily be in your ownership. You may wish to use an agent (e.g. planning consultant, solicitor, estate agent, family member, etc.) to submit proposals on your behalf.

What type of site can be submitted?

Sites for housing should be capable of delivering 4 or more dwellings.

Sites for any other use can be of any scale provided it is capable of accommodating the proposed use.

My site has been submitted to the Council for consideration previously; do I need to do this again?

To ensure we have the most up to date information on the availability and deliverability of sites we are requesting that it is re-submitted.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your site the Council will assess its likely suitability, deliverability and developability via desktop and site surveys where necessary. The information we receive will be mapped and entered into a database and will be used to inform the preparation and identification of draft allocations in the Local Plan 2014-2035. We will publish a schedule of the sites put forward, and the uses suggested for them. When this has been completed it will be available to view on the Local Plan page.

How will the sites be assessed?

The sites will be subject to an objective assessment of deliverability and developability. To be considered deliverable, sites should be available now, offer a suitable location for development now, and be achievable with a realistic prospect that housing will be delivered on the site within five years and in particular that development of the site is viable. To be considered developable, sites should be in a suitable location for development and there should be a reasonable prospect that the site is available and could be viably developed at the point envisaged.

What would it mean for my site to be included within the 15 year Land Supply?

 A site's inclusion within the SHELAA does not necessarily mean that it will be selected for inclusion in the Local Plan or be granted planning permission. This is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites for development and the choice of sites will not be made until later in the plan making process and in full consultation with the community and stakeholders.

The inclusion of a site in the SHELAA is however a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

For further information please contact the Community Development Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (01748) 901116