New local plan
This is the planning policy page for work on creating an up-to-date, new-style local plan to replace the current local plan.
A local plan is a document containing text and maps, setting out how land should be used in the future to achieve economic, environmental and social goals. Policies in a local plan are used to decide planning applications. You can see the council's current local plan on our Current local plan web-page. This document dates from 1999 and is now due for replacement. The new local plan will do a similar job, but will be up-to-date and in the new style. Scroll down the page to follow a time-line showing progress so far or jump to a particular year using the links below.
- 2016: Second draft local plan
- 2015: Improving on the first draft
- 2014: Towards a draft local plan
- 2013: Community engagement events
- 2012: Shaping a spatial strategy and housing figure
22nd July to 19th August - preferred housing sites consultation
The council ran a four-week consultation on a set of draft housing allocations for the new local plan - these 'preferred sites' had emerged as the best available from the Pool of Site Options included in the second draft local plan consultation held during April and May (see below). Whilst you can still view the relevant documents, the consultation is now closed.
- Preferred Sites for Housing Consultation Document (22.7.16) [10Mb]
- Comments form (no longer useable) [142kb]
- More information about the consultation [74kb]
5th April to 31st May - consultation and drop-ins
The council ran an eight-week public consultation on a second informal (pre-publication) draft of its new local plan, including eight drop-in surgeries held in Settle (2), Glusburn, Skipton (2), Bentham, Ingleton and Cross Hills. Whilst you can still view the relevant documents, the consultation is now closed.
- Spatial Strategy Options and Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Document (5.4.16) [806kb]
- Local Plan Text, Policies, Policies Map and Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Document (5.4.16) [23Mb]
- Pool of Site Options with Potential for Residential/Mixed Use & Sustainability Appraisal Consultation Document [8Mb]
- Sustainability objectives - quick reference [145kb]
- More information about the consultation [72kb]
- Comments form (no longer useable) [140kb]
19th October - objectively assessed need for housing (OAN)
The spatial planning sub-committee has accepted emerging evidence indicating an OAN of 290 dwellings per year (on average, for the whole district, including the national park) and has recommended to its parent committee (policy committee) a housing target and distribution strategy for the next draft of the new local plan. The recommended target is 256 dwellings per year, on average, which would provide 5,120 new homes over a 20-year plan period running from 2012 to 2032. Full details of what was discussed and agreed are contained in the sub-committee report and appendices. Any housing target and distribution strategy agreed by the policy committee will need final approval from the full council.
Update 3/11/15: The policy committee accepted and agreed the OAN, housing target and distribution strategy referred to above.
Update 1/12/15: The policy committee's decision was ratified at a meeting of the full council.
25th September - spatial strategy update
Here is a document that collates, presents and explains the spatial strategy options considered so far, plus some new variations emerging from consultation and recent evidence gathering. It puts the relevant information together in one place and should make it easier to follow our spatial strategy work. We hope you find it informative and interesting.
The council's response to comments made on the first draft local plan (22/9/14 version) is available below. The "Policy Response Papers" document includes details of how comments have been taken on-board in the preparation of a second draft local plan (see above).
- Policy Response Papers [2Mb] updated 1/8/16
Here is a presentation on the main comments made about the draft local plan during public consultation last year, which gives a good overview of how the draft plan was received.
Detailed summaries of all comments are available below. The first summary relates to comments made about the various sections of the draft local plan document and the second summary relates to comments made about individual settlements.
Here is a report on progress and areas for further action, following consultation on the draft local plan. It provides a lot of information about the work that needs to be done in order to make progress on a second consultation draft.
Taking into account the feedback, progress and need for further work, reported above, we've been able to prepare a revised timetable for preparing the new local plan. This revised timetable or "local development scheme" (LDS) is available on our Local plan timetable web-page.
11th December - consultation stat's
Here are some statistics about the response we've had to the draft local plan, plus information about what happens next:
4th November - consultation
The council ran a six-week consultation, on a first informal draft of the new local plan, from 22nd September to 3rd November 2014. The consultation gave people an opportunity to provide feedback at an early stage of the draft plan's preparation and to shape its progress. Whilst you can still view relevant documents (see below), the consultation is now closed.
- Craven Local Plan Draft 22.9.14 [4Mb]
- Provide your feedback using our online form (no longer available)
- Download a feedback form [226kb] (no longer useable)
- Sites Preferred and Not Preferred for Consultation (22.9.14) [912kb]
- Shaping a Strategy for Employment Land in Craven (May 2013) [933kb]
- Feedback from spatial strategy and housing figure workshops (2012) [519kb]
- Shaping a Spatial Strategy and Housing Figure (August 2012) [903kb]
- Towards a Locally Determined Housing Target (July 2012) [489kb]
- Response to Core Strategy Preferred Option (2007) - Key Issues [425kb]
- Craven Contaminated Land Strategy (2011) [818kb] (2014 version now available here)
- Sustainability Appraisal
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
- Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
3rd June - preferred sites for consultation
The Spatial Planning Sub-Committee considered the team's work on identifying a selection of preferred housing and employment sites for the forthcoming draft local plan, which will be the subject of public consultation later this year (subscribe in advance). This initial selection is based on the outcome of site checklists, last year's community engagement events (see below) and preliminary sustainability appraisal. Here is the outcome of the sub-committee meeting:
14th April - mid-to-south adjustment
The Spatial Planning Sub-Committee considered the team's latest work on housing figures for the upcoming draft local plan. It was agreed that we should propose a lower figure in the Mid Sub-Area and a higher figure in the South Sub-Area, particularly in Skipton (but also in Carleton). The draft local plan will be based on this mid-to-south adjustment and will be discussed with communities, parish councils and other stakeholders during this year's further engagement. The sub-committee considered the following information:
- Report on Spatial Strategy Amendment [9Mb]
- Presentation: Spatial Strategy Update - Housing [3Mb]
- Presentation: Spatial Strategy Update - Employment [13Mb]
20th November - key points from feedback
The Spatial Planning Sub-Committee considered key points from the community drop-in events held in the Summer and authorised the Planning Policy Team to prepare a draft local plan for further engagement with communities, parish councils and other stakeholders, early next year (2014). The sub-committee considered the following information:
- Report on Housing and Employment Land Summer Engagement Outcomes [208kb]
- Engagement Summer 2013 - Key Points from Feedback [9Mb]
24th June to 26th July - drop-in events
Over 1000 people attended 20 community drop-in events in 16 different towns and villages throughout the plan area. We discussed key questions about planning future housing and business development, including where it should be located, how much is required and which sites are preferable. People provided feedback at a Discussion Table, on a Post-It Wall and on feedback forms, after browsing a display of background information.
Output from the events:
- Event Photos [2Mb]
- Article in Planning Focus Newsletter [624kb]
- Sub-Area Events Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Cononley Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Bentham Event Feedback Information [12Mb]
- Embsay Event Feedback Information [3Mb]
- Cowling Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Giggleswick Event Feedback Information [3Mb]
- Burton Event Feedback Information [3Mb]
- Carleton Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Glusburn Event Feedback Information [5Mb]
- Skipton Event Feedback Information [4Mb]
- Bradley Event Feedback Information [3Mb]
- Rathmell Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Hellifield Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Sutton Event Feedback Information [4Mb]
- Ingleton Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Settle Event Feedback Information [4Mb]
- Gargrave Event Feedback Information [2Mb]
- Post-It notes from all events (original photos) [7Mb]
Information displayed at the events:
- What is a Local Plan? [306kb]
- What is Neighbourhood Planning? [326kb]
- Housing - How Much? [241kb]
- Housing - Where? [214kb]
- Population Projections & Household Spaces [1Mb]
- Economy - North Sub-Area [2Mb]
- Economy - Mid Sub-Area [1Mb]
- Economy - South Sub-Area [1Mb]
- Shaping a Strategy for Employment Land in Craven - Discussion Paper [933kb]
- Appendices for Discussion Paper [18Mb]
- Event Slideshow (without animations) [501kb]
19th December - SHLAA
The Spatial Planning Sub-Committee approved publication of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and the related Site Checklist:
30th October - spatial strategy settlements
The Spatial Planning Sub-Committee considered which settlements might have land allocated for housing development, how much development might be appropriate for each settlement and what criteria might be used to identify preferable sites:
- Presentation on Additional Settlements [246kb]
- Assessment of Settlement Characteristics [152kb]
- Decision on Additional Settlements (from the Committee Minutes) [123kb]
8th October - workshop feedback
The Council's Spatial Planning Sub-Committee used stakeholder feedback from the September workshops to guide further work by the Planning Policy Team:
- Presentation on Feedback from Stakeholder Workshops [519kb]
- Decision on Feedback from Stakeholder Workshops (from the Committee Minutes) [126kb]
5th to 14th September - stakeholder workshops
Participatory workshops were held for parish councils and other stakeholders. Three workshop exercises were used to discuss a spatial strategy, a housing figure and an approach to allocations, policies and neighbourhood planning:
- Shaping a Spatial Strategy and Housing Figure Discussion Paper (August 2012) [903kb]
- Towards a Locally Determined Housing Target Background Paper (July 2012) [489kb]
- Workshop Bulletin [510kb]