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 recently consulted on the Issues and Options inviting representations from 3 September to 31 October 2018.

The development of issues and options was the first stage in the production of the revised Local Plan and there will be many further opportunities for residents, businesses and other interested parties to be involved in planning for our future.

The scope of the Issues and Options consultation was to identify the key strategic issues and opportunities the revised Local Plan should address. It also outlined 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. 

We are now analysing the responses received to the Issues and Options consultation and will be taking these into consideration as we prepare the Local Plan review Preferred Options document which we expect to publish for consultation in summer 2019.  


The consultation documents were:

Local Plan Review Issues and Options Consultation

Issues and Options Consultation Information

Issues and Options questionnaire 


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)

Richmondshire Settlement Facilities Study (2017)

Further steps

Now that the consultation has closed, 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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