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Planning for parishes

This is the planning policy page for neighbourhood plans, local green space and parish profiles.

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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 preparing 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. Below are links to each of the parishes' websites where you can monitor neighbourhood plan progress:

 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:


Local green space

The local green space designation identifies and protects areas of importance to local communities. The following methodology document includes information on how to apply for a designation and the assessment document explains how a draft list of potential designations is being drawn up for inclusion in the emerging New local plan.


Parish profiles

Parish profiles were created jointly with parish councils and looked at the social, economic, environmental and transportation characteristics of individual parishes. Profiles were created for all parishes with over 1000 residents, which makes a total of 14. Finalised profiles are available to download, below.

How can parish profiles be used?
Parish profiles can help the planning policy team to identify important characteristics of a parish and may also provide a useful source of information for neighbourhood plans or other community-led plans like village design statements or parish plans.

How can parish profiles be updated?
Parish profiles can be updated, as necessary, with new information - for example new census data or new issues arising 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.