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Final chance to comment on housing sites in Craven's draft Local Plan

Craven District Council is launching a final consultation on housing sites in the draft Local Plan.

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The consultation begins on Friday July 22 and will run for four weeks.

This latest draft takes into account more than 2,000 comments from the public, developers, and public bodies made during the recent eight-week consultation.

Recommendations from the new consultation will feed into the final report, which will go to the Spatial Planning Committee, Policy Committee and Full Council in September.

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 received a huge amount of feedback during the last consultation which we have used to shape the final version of the Local Plan.

"Most of the comments related to specific sites and these additional insights have been used to help select the preferred list of housing sites.

"This new period of consultation 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.

The new consultation documents will be available on Craven District Council's website at from Friday July 22.

Hard copies will be available to view at Craven District Council Offices, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ. The council reception is open to the public between 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.30pm on a Friday.

Copies of the draft plan and feedback forms can also be viewed in libraries at Skipton, Cross Hills, Embsay, Settle, Bentham and Ingleton; and via the mobile library service. Completed feedback forms can be sent to or posted to the council using the address above.