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More than 2,000 comments received on Craven's draft Local Plan

Craven District Council is absorbing the wide range of comments from the public, developers and public bodies made during the eight week consultation on the draft Local Plan.

The consultation has now closed and more than 2,000 comments have been submitted with the majority concerned about specific sites in the plan.

The Craven Local Plan sets out how land should be used in the future to achieve economic, environmental and social goals. Policies in a local plan will be used to decide planning applications including housing, retail and employment uses up to 2032.

David Smurthwaite, Strategic Manager for Planning and Regeneration, said: "We would like to thank everyone for the time they have taken to make their comments on the draft Local Plan. All of the comments are being collated and will be used to shape the final version of the Local Plan."

"We have received over 2,000 individual comments mainly from the public and government agencies. Most of the comments related to specific sites and these additional insights will be used to help select the preferred list of housing and employment sites."

The preferred list of sites will be considered by the Spatial Planning Committee in July.

When the committee has approved a preferred list, there will then be another period of informal consultation on the preferred sites. This will be the public's last chance to influence the content of the plan before the draft Local Plan is formally published in September.

Once the plan is published, comments or representations should only relate to the tests of soundness and other legal requirements, rather than its content.

The plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination in December and these representations will then be dealt with by an independent inspector during the Examination in Public.

More information on the draft Local Plan can be found here: New local plan