Richmondshire District Council

Local Plan review: Issues and options consultation

We are reviewing our Local Plan which provides the planning framework for the parts of the District outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We have begun the preparation of a revised Local Plan (2014-2035) and are currently consulting on the Issues and Options and inviting representations from 3 September to 31 October 2018.

The development of issues and options is the first in a number of stages in the production of the revised Local Plan and is the first of many opportunities for residents, businesses and other interested parties to be involved in planning for our future.

The scope of the Issues and Options consultation is to identify the key strategic issues and opportunities the revised Local Plan should address. It also outlines for consideration some options and initial ideas for the strategic policies in certain areas such as the scale and location of housing and economic development.

The strategic policy areas being consulted on are:

  • Strategic issues
  • Vision
  • Strategic objectives
  • Local objectives
  • Spatial principles


The consultation documents are:

Local Plan Review Issues and Options Consultation

Issues and Options Consultation Information

Representations should preferably be made using the online questionnaire which can be saved and returned to later. You can also print your completed form before submission if you choose.

Alternatively the questionnaire can be downloaded, completed and emailed to or posted to:

Planning Policy,
Richmondshire District Council,
Mercury House, Station Road,
Richmond, DL10 4JX. 

The deadline for representations is 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018.  Late representations will not be considered. All representations should clearly outline the questions in the Issues and Options paper and questionnaire which they relate to. Representations received not relating to the questions will not be considered.

As we are at an early stage of the review and revised plan preparation, further work needs to be done and evidence gathered before we can give consideration of detailed policies or potential sites for the allocation for housing or other uses. Therefore, this stage of the plan does not contain potential locations for allocation for housing or other uses, but considers the distribution of development at the settlement level.

The supporting evidence studies currently completed and have informed this consultation are:

Richmondshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2017)

Richmondshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Demographics (2017)

Richmondshire Employment Land Review (2018)

Drop in sessions

Four drop-in sessions will be held by the planning policy team which are open for anybody to attend to obtain further information on the consultation. These will be held at:

  • Leyburn - Thornborough Hall, Leyburn – Thursday 27 September (3pm-7pm)

  • Richmond - Richmond Town Hall, Richmond – Monday 1 October (3pm-7pm)

  • Gilling West - Gilling West Village Hall, Gilling West – Thursday 4 October (3pm-7pm)

  • Colburn - Colburn Village Hall, Colburn – Friday 5th October (3pm-7pm)

Further steps

Once the consultation closes, we will read and analyse all representations and your views, along with the evidence that supports the Local Plan and the outcome of the Sustainability Appraisal will be used to help develop our new Local Plan to the next stage of Preferred Options. This is where we will set out what we think is the best strategy to deliver Richmondshire’s needs which will also be subject to public consultation.

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