Richmondshire District Council

Richmondshire District Council is to celebrate its continuing success in providing new housing as well as exceeding its annual housing targets in the Local Plan area for two years in a row. Over the last 7 years, 340 affordable homes have been created in Richmondshire. 

Some notable rural developments include Spennithorne (recently featured on BBC Countryfile Diaries), Maythorne Farm and The Limes in Leyburn, Bishops Way in Catterick Village; and, the former Older Persons Accommodation in Gilling West, developed into 11 affordable homes. In Richmond, the former Arriva Bus Depot was developed into 24 affordable apartments, while three other developments, Temple Gate, Priory House, Richmond House and Whashton Road, have created opportunities to own a new home in the town.

There has also been unprecedented growth on sites at Catterick Garrison from developers such as Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes and Persimmon enabling many more young people and families to get onto the property market at an affordable level. In the Yorkshire Dales National Park planning permissions were granted for its largest development in the District for 17 homes in West Witton, and an exception site at Bainbridge for 5 two and three bedroom family homes and, the first Community Led Housing Scheme in North Yorkshire was completed in Hudswell.

The Council and its partners would like extend an invitation to come and celebrate and build on these success stories on Friday 20th July at Scotch Corner Hotel from 9.30 am.

The event is being held with the support of local developers, (Yorvik Homes, Community First Yorkshire and the Community Land Association CLA).

The day will start with a welcome by Cllr Yvonne Peacock Leader of the Council and Rishi Sunak MP will make the opening address, highlighting our successes and promoting the importance of increasing innovative affordable housing schemes in rural areas.

During the morning, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to local developers giving us an insight into their experiences. Jane Harrison from the Country Land Association (CLA) will speak about her work on incentivising landowners to release land. Those wishing to build their own home can access advice from Donald Cline of the Self-Build Alliance and Leah Swain (Community First Yorkshire) will provide information on how support is available for communities to find their own innovative solutions to address the lack of affordable housing through Community Led Housing projects. Lunch will allow attendees to network and look around the displays.

The afternoon session will provide an opportunity for groups and individuals to ask specific questions to Planning Policy and Development Management officers from both Richmondshire District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Landowners, Parish Councils, communities and land agents are invited to attend. Places are limited, so hurry - if you would like to book a place please call Amanda Madden 01748 901117 or email


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