The council is reviewing its Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted December 2014) for the part of the district outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Following on from the issues and options consultation held last year, we are currently preparing the next consultation stage in the form of the preferred options. This will set out what we think is the best strategy to deliver Richmondshire’s needs and will include the consultation on, for example, revised development limits and the designation of local green spaces.
This consultation specifically invites you to submit sites to be considered for ‘local green space designation’. The designation of land as local green space gives communities the opportunity to identify and protect green areas of particular importance, subject to meeting the criteria as set out within the National Planning Policy Framework (2019).
The designation of local green space should only be used where the space meets all of the following criteria:
- It is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves
- It is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife
- It is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land
Further information is available within the local green space designation guidance.
The consultation has now closed and all of the local green space designations submitted are being considered. Those found to meet the requirements will be published as part of the preferred options consultation in Autumn 2019 for further comment.