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Council seeks feedback on draft Local Plan

Craven District Council is seeking feedback from residents, businesses, local groups and other agencies on the latest draft of the Local Plan over the next six weeks starting from Monday 22nd September 2014.

Craven District Council is required by law to draw up a local plan that sets out how land is to be used for housing, business, recreation and conservation; how the right development is to be achieved in the right location at the right time; and how sustainable development can be achieved overall. Once approved by the Secretary of State, the council uses the Local Plan when considering planning applications.

The draft Craven Local Plan covers the area of Craven that falls outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It sets out likely future requirements and preferred locations for housing and employment up to the year 2030.

The draft plan has been tailor-made to suit the area and its communities. Last year, Craven District Council organised a series of drop-in meetings with residents, businesses and organisations in the area covered in the plan. The Council asked for information and views about possible sites for development. This feedback gathered during these meetings has helped shape the current draft of the Local Plan.

The current, six-week consultation on the draft Local Plan is a chance for residents, businesses and organisations to help further improve the plan.

Craven District Councillor Richard Foster, Lead Member for affordable housing and the Chair of the Spatial Planning Sub Committee, says: "We want a Local Plan that is right for Craven, one that helps us make the best possible decisions in the future about the use of land. Last year's comments from residents, businesses and organisations provided us with valuable information and views about possible sites for development. The draft Local Plan reflects the input we received. Now we are asking people to have a say on the entire draft Local Plan before it enters the formal process for adoption by the Council. We are interested to hear what people like about it, what needs changing, why it needs to be changed, and how. Any suggestions are welcome."

The consultation Draft Local Plan can be viewed from Monday 22nd September 2014 on our web page New local plan.  Hard copies will be available at Craven District Council Offices, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ. The Council Offices are open 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm on a Friday. Copies of the draft plan can also be viewed in libraries at Skipton, Cross Hills, Embsay, Settle, Bentham and Ingleton; and via the mobile library service.

To give feedback, please use the Feedback Form. This is available on our web page New local plan from 22nd September, while hard copies can be collected from the Craven District Council Offices and libraries. Completed feedback forms can be sent to or posted to the Council using the address above. The closing date for comments is Monday 3rd November 2014.

For further information or to discuss the Draft Local Plan, please contact a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01756 706472 or by emailing

Press Release date: 15th September 2014