Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Planning for parishes

Neighbourhood plans, local green space and parish profiles

Neighbourhood plans

If a community feels that it is appropriate, they have the right to produce a neighbourhood plan, setting out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or neighbourhood. The neighbourhood plan will show how the level of growth identified in the local plan is to be met or exceeded.

Once a plan is made it will become part of the local authority's development plan, a statutory plan against which planning applications will be judged. Neighbourhood plans will need to conform to planning policies and guidance at the local, national and European level, including the strategic policies of the local plan. They will also need to demonstrate support from the local community through a referendum.

Craven neighbourhood plans

If a parish or town council wishes to prepare a neighbourhood plan, it must submit an application to designate the area to Craven District Council, which is the local planning authority. Craven District Council will publicise the area and invite comments from people who live, work and carry out business in the proposed neighbourhood area. Following this period of consultation and consideration of the comments received, Craven District Council's role is to then designate the neighbourhood area.


Consultation on a neighbourhood area application closed on 30th March 2015 (no comments received) and Cononley Neighbourhood Area was designated by Craven District Council on 31st March 2015.


Consultation on a neighbourhood area application closed on 20th January 2014 (no comments received) and Gargrave Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated by Craven District Council on 27th January 2014.


Consultation on a neighbourhood area application closed on 18th November 2013 (no comments received) and Bradley Neighbourhood Area was designated by Craven District Council on 9th December 2013.


For Bradley, Gargrave and Cononley parish councils, the next step is preparing a draft neighbourhood plan in consultation with those living and working in the area, and those with an interest in the proposals, such as service providers. Full details of all the steps involved are set out in Key Stages in the Neighbourhood Planning Process.

Neighbourhood plan guidance for communities

Communities looking for some good independent advice on the best way to put a neighbourhood plan together are likely to find the following links particularly useful.

Local green space

The local green space designation identifies and protects areas of importance to local communities. The following documents explain how designations have been drawn up for inclusion in the council's emerging New local plan. Designations can also be made in neighbourhood plans.

Parish profiles

Parish profiles were created jointly with parish councils and looked at the social, economic, environmental and transportation characteristics of individual parishes. Profiles were created for all parishes with over 1000 residents, which makes a total of 14. Finalised profiles, which have been agreed by parish councils, are available to download from the following list: Bentham, Bradley, Carleton, Cononley, Cowling, Embsay, Gargrave, Giggleswick, Glusburn, Hellifield, Ingleton, Settle, Skipton, Sutton.

How can parish profiles be used?

Parish profiles can help the planning policy team to identify important characteristics of a parish and may also provide a useful source of information for neighbourhood plans or other community-led plans like village design statements or parish plans.

How can parish profiles be updated?

Parish profiles can be updated, as necessary, with new information - for example new census data or new issues arising within the parish.

If readers of the profiles have any comments to make on content, or suggestions for how they can be improved or updated, please contact the relevant parish or town council.