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Craven residents given more time to comment on the draft Local Plan

Craven District Council has extended the consultation period on the new draft Local Plan for Craven District outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and announced four more drop-in events.

The consultation will now run until Tuesday May 31, 2016, and four more events have been organised to give residents another chance to discuss the draft Local Plan with council officers.

The new consultation events are as follows:

  • Tuesday May 17: Ingleton Community Centre, 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday May 19: St Peter's Methodist Church, Cross Hills, 4pm to 7pm
  • Monday May 23: Settle Victoria Hall, 5pm to 7pm
  • Thursday May 26: Skipton Town Hall annexe, 4pm to 7pm

The draft Local Plan includes spatial strategy options, draft policies and a pool of site options with potential for residential, employment/mixed use.

Councillor Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: "This consultation is a crucial piece of work in developing a Local Plan that is right for Craven.

"We felt it was important to make sure everyone is able to have their say on the draft Local Plan before it enters the formal process towards 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.

"We have already advertised the consultation extensively on our website, through the local media, and via social media, and over the last six weeks we have had many comments from residents, groups and organisations. We have also have held busy public drop-in events in Settle, Glusburn, Skipton and Bentham.

"These further events will ensure that everyone who wants to ask questions and comment on the draft Local Plan can do so."

The consultation documents can also be downloaded on the council website at www.cravendc.gov.uk/newlocalplan. Reference copies are also available in local libraries and at the council's reception desk.

Anyone wishing to discuss the draft Local Plan can contact the planning policy team on 01756 706472 or email localplan@cravendc.gov.uk to arrange an appointment at the council offices in Skipton.