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Accessible Local Development Scheme

A copy of the Local Development Scheme (LDS) presented on a single webpage for greater accessibility

Local Development Scheme: 2020 Update[1]

This Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out a programme to produce key planning policy documents, that will form part of the development plan for Craven. It also sets out a programme of other documents that relate to and support the adopted Craven Local Plan. It will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it is kept up to date. This LDS supersedes the previous version of the LDS, published in December 2017.

Development Plan for Craven Outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park (YDNP)

The following documents form the development plan for the area of Craven outside the YDNP:

Document name

Subject

Area covered

Date of Adoption/Made

Review Date

Craven Local Plan (2012-2032)

Vision, objectives, spatial strategy, policies, allocations and policies map

The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Adopted Nov 2019

Provisional date of October 2023 for publication of results of a formal review of the Craven Local Plan in order to meet the Government’s requirement for a review to be completed 5 years after adopted i.e. by Nov 2024.

Gargrave Neighbourhood Plan

Sets out a vision and objectives and planning policies, which will be used alongside the Craven District Local Plan to guide new development in the designated neighbourhood area of Gargrave until 2032.

Gargrave Parish

Made July 2019

To be confirmed by Gargrave Parish Council gargravepc.org.uk/

Saved policies from the Minerals Local Plan (NYCC)[2]

To provide guidance for the minerals industry and to set out policies for the control of development

The County of North Yorkshire outside the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and the City of York Council.

Adopted Dec 1997

NYCC currently preparing a Joint Minerals & Waste Local Plan to replace saved policies. Examination currently underway (see below)

Saved policies from the Waste Local Plan (NYCC)

Provides detailed policies and proposals that will guide waste related development.

The County of North Yorkshire, outside the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, and the City of York.

Adopted 2006

NYCC currently preparing a Joint Minerals & Waste Local Plan to replace saved policies.

Examination currently underway (see below)

Minerals & Waste Joint Plan

Set out new planning policies for minerals and waste developments, which will guide decisions on planning applications up to 31 December 2030.

North Yorkshire excluding Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The examination of this joint plan is currently underway. Details relating to preparation of the NYCC Minerals & Waste Joint Plan can be found at: northyorks.gov.uk/minerals-and-waste-joint-plan

To be confirmed by NYCC

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

SPDs do not form part of the development plan, however they add further detailed advice or guidance to local plan policies and are capable of being a material consideration in planning decisions. There is no longer a requirement for a LDS to include a programme for the preparation of SPDs, however as the preparation of SPDs forms a key part of future planning policy work, the table below provides details of several SPDs to be prepared. It may be necessary to prepare additional SPDs in the future, which will be reflected in subsequent updates to the LDS.

Document name Related Adopted Local Plan Policy Subject Area covered Date of Adoption
Affordable Housing SPD H1: Specialist housing for older people,H2: Affordable housing andSP4: Spatial strategy and housing growth. Detailed guidance on how to meet policy requirements for affordable housing contributions, including how to prepare a successful planning application and the practical aspects of affordable housing provision The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2020
Flood Risk SPD ENV6: Flood Risk,ENV8: Water Resources, Water Quality and Groundwater. Detailed guidance on dealing with flood risk in planning applications, including flood zones, vulnerability classifications, sequential tests, exception tests, flood risk assessments, layout, design and SuDS The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2021
Biodiversity & Green Infrastructure SPD ENV4: Biodiversity,ENV5: Green Infrastructure Detailed guidance on how to meet the policy requirements relating to green infrastructure and biodiversity in more detail prior to the submission of planning applications. The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2021
Good Design SPD ENV3: Good Design Detailed guidance to aid developers and decision makers in bringing forward new development proposals founded on good design principles. The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2021
Rural Workers’ Dwellings SPD EC3: Rural EconomySP4: Spatial strategy and housing growth. Detailed guidance on dwellings needed to support farm, forestry or other land-based businesses, including functional and financial justification. The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2021
Householder Development SPD ENV3: Good Design Detailed practical guidance on the design of householder development. The district outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park By the end of 2022

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The council’s SCI sets out how the Council intend to involve the community and stakeholders throughout the preparation and review of the local plan and during the consideration of planning applications. The current SCI was adopted in March 2018 and is a revised version of the first SCI adopted in June 2006. The SCI can be viewed on the Council’s website. Local planning authorities must review their Statements of Community Involvement every 5 years from the adoption date so that they are kept up-to-date to ensure effective community involvement at all stages of the planning process. The Council’s SCI will therefore be updated during 2023 and published on the Council’s website.

Neighbourhood Plans

The 2011 Localism Act introduced new rights and powers allowing communities to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan. In July 2019 the Gargrave Neighbourhood Plan was formally made/adopted. The Gargrave Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan. Bradley Parish Council, Cononley Parish Council and Clapham Parish Council, with support from Craven District Council, have started work on the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans for their parish. More information on the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans within Craven can be found on the Neighbourhood Planning page of the Council’s webpage.

Monitoring of the Adopted Craven Local Plan (2012-2032)

To be effective, local plans need to be kept up-to-date. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2019) states policies in local plans should be continually monitored and reviewed to take into account changing circumstances affecting the area or any relevant changes in national policy. Following adoption of a local plan, the NPPF requires this monitoring and review to be completed no later than five years from the date of adoption i.e. by 2024 for the adopted Craven Local Plan. Policies should then be updated as necessary and subject to a Sustainability Appraisal. Policies age at different rates according to local circumstances and a local plan does not become out-of-date automatically after 5 years. The Craven Local Plan may require updating in whole or in part following the monitoring of policies, and any updates should be proportionate to the issues identified.

In order to meet these Government requirements, its seems reasonable to provisionally programme publication of the conclusions of monitoring and review of the adopted Craven Local Plan alongside publication of the Council’s AMR in October 2023. This would allow the Council to update its housing and employment needs evidence before then and benefit from data on the medium to longer term economic impact of the Covid19 pandemic.

EVIDENCE BASE – The monitoring of adopted local plan policies to establish whether they need updating will be informed by up to date, relevant and proportionate local plan evidence base. Therefore, a local planning authority may need to update existing or gather new evidence. The Craven Local Plan evidence base will therefore be updated where necessary during monitoring and review of the plan. Details of the Craven Local Plan evidence base is available via the evidence and monitoring web-page, which includes details of evidence relating to specific local plan policies, quarterly monitoring information relating to delivery of the Craven Local Plan housing requirement, the Council’s Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), and the Council’s annual Authority Monitoring Report. Updates to the local plan evidence base will be published on the Council’s website.

In August 2019 the Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make the District of Craven carbon neutral by 2030. The Council’s strategy for achieving carbon neutral Craven is based on seven key themes, including achieving carbon neutral development through maximising the use of the Council’s planning and development powers to ensure that the energy efficiency of development in the District is as close to carbon neutral as possible. The Craven Local Plan represents a key relevant Council plan/strategy that, via monitoring and review will need to consider how any necessary updates to local plan policies can help achieve this pledge.

Authority Monitoring Report (AMR)

The Council’s AMR provides an understanding of the social, economic and environmental factors influencing the area and measures the effect that policies of the adopted Craven Local Plan are having. The Council’s AMR is usually published annually each October and sets out the results of the continuous monitoring of adopted Craven Local plan policies and will help identify any policies that require updating. The current Authority Monitoring Report can be viewed on the Council’s website.

Duty to Cooperate

The Council prepared a Craven Local Plan Duty to Cooperate Statement (March 2018), which sets out the main cross-boundary issues that were subject to ongoing engagement with neighbouring authorities and key stakeholders throughout preparation of the Craven Local Plan, including housing growth in settlements bisected by the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary, the setting of the National Park, the setting of the Forest of Bowland AONB and strategic flood risk issues. The local plan inspector concluded, in his ‘Report on the Examination of the Craven Local Plan (October 2019)’ that the Duty to Cooperate had been met.

In conformity with the NPPF (2019), during any necessary updates to the adopted Craven Local Plan the Council will agree statements of common ground with neighbouring authorities to demonstrate the duty to cooperate has been met through effective and on-going joint working and to document that strategic cross boundary matters have been discussed and to outline progress in cooperation to addresses these.

Keeping track of progress

This LDS will be revised, rolled forward and updated as documents progress through the cycle of adoption and review. LDS updates will be published on the Craven Local Plan webpage.

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[1] This timetable (local development scheme) was brought into effect by a resolution of Craven Spatial Planning Sub Committee https://www.cravendc.gov.uk/media/9665/craven-spatial-planning-sub-committee-agenda-and-reports-22-september-2020.pdf

[2] The Minerals and Waste Local Plans can be viewed at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/local-plans