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Planning for parishes

This is the planning policy page for neighbourhood plans, parish profiles and other community planning matters.

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What is a neighbourhood plan?

If a community feels that it is appropriate, they have the right to produce a neighbourhood plan, setting out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or neighbourhood. The neighbourhood plan will show how the level of growth identified in the local plan is to be met or exceeded.

Once a plan is made it will become part of the local authority's development plan, a statutory plan against which planning applications will be judged. Neighbourhood plans will need to conform to planning policies and guidance at the local, national and European level. They will also need to demonstrate support from the local community through a referendum.

Developing a neighbourhood plan can help communities to play a greater role in determining the future of their area. It is not a tool to stop development where it is already included in the local plan; it gives communities the opportunity to shape what that planned growth will look like and where additional growth might go.

Neighbourhood plan proposals in Craven

If a parish or town council wishes to prepare a neighbourhood plan, it must submit an application to designate the area to Craven District Council, which is the local planning authority. Craven District Council will then publicise the area and invite comments from people who live, work and carry out business in the proposed neighbourhood area. Following this period of consultation and consideration of the comments received, Craven District Council's role is to then designate the neighbourhood area.


Cononley Neighbourhood Area:

Bradley Neighbourhood Area:

Gargrave Neighbourhood Plan Area:

For Bradley, Gargrave and Cononley parish councils, the next step is to prepare a draft neighbourhood plan in consultation with those living and working in the area, and those with an interest in the proposals, such as service providers. The stages involved in preparing a neighbourhood plan are set out in the following document.

Guidance for communities who are thinking of preparing a neighbourhood plan

Communities looking for some good independent advice on the best way to put a neighbourhood plan together are likely to find the following links particularly useful:


Parish profiles

The Planning Policy Team has been working with parish councils to create parish profiles, which look at the social, economic, environmental and transportation characteristics of individual parishes. Profiles are being created for all parishes with over 1000 residents, which makes a total of 14. Copies will be available to download, below, once they've been finalised with the relevant parish council and, wherever possible, links will be added to the parish council's website.

How will the parish profiles be used in the future?
The Planning Policy Team will use the parish profiles to assist in the creation of a new local plan that recognises the individual characteristics of each parish. The particular social, economic, environmental and transportation characteristics highlighted in each parish profile will help us to create a local plan that responds to real issues of local importance. Parish profiles may also provide a useful source of information to parish councils and local communities interested in creating their own neighbourhood plans or other community-led plans like village design statements or parish plans.

How will the parish profiles be updated?
In order to keep the profiles as useful as possible, they will need to be updated periodically with new information - for example when new census data is released or when new issues arise within the parish.

If readers of the profiles have any comments to make on content, or suggestions for how they can be improved or updated, please contact the relevant parish or town council using the contact details provided above.


Local green space

The local green space designation identifies and protects areas of importance to local communities. The methodology document, below, provides more information.