Richmondshire District Council

A review of Richmondshire District Council’s Local Development Plan - for the towns and villages outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – is underway.

The authority has published its Issues and Options Consultation to give local people a chance to have their say on the plan.

There will also be four drop in sessions – in Richmond, Colburn, Leyburn and Gilling West – where local people can talk to members of the authority’s planning policy team.

The Local Plan is the planning framework for the area – it sets out what and where development is acceptable. Once adopted it will govern how planning applications in the plan area are assessed.

“The first stage in this review is the development of Issues and Options, said planning spokesperson Cllr Jimmy Wilson-Petch.

“I urge residents, businesses and other interested parties to get involved in this very important stage as we develop the plan for our future.

“This consultation will identify the key issues and opportunities for Richmondshire which the revised Local Plan should address. It will also look at options and initial ideas for the strategic policies in certain areas - including the scale and location of housing and economic development.”

Following the consultation the comments and evidence gathered will be used in the preparation of a Draft Local Plan and a Draft Catterick Area Masterplan.  They are expected to be published for further consultation in Autumn 2019. 

The Issues and Options Consultation is open for comments from today (3 September 2018) until 31 October 2018. Further details on the drop in sessions and information on the consultation - including how to respond - can be found at  

For further information contact the Planning Policy team on or 01748 901116.

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