Local Plan 2023-2040 Consultation No.1 - Setting the agenda
Time to speak up: A new Local Plan for the extended National Park
Every year, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority receives hundreds of public comments on planning applications. This tells us that local communities care deeply about development in the Dales.
We are now starting the process of creating a new Local Plan, because the extended National Park - it grew by nearly a quarter in 2016 - needs a single Plan to cover its entire area.
Planning application decisions are based on our Local Plan, so to make sure that we can make the right decisions in the years to come, we need you to let us know what you want to see in it.
We need everyone, regardless of age or income, whether you’re new to the Dales or have lived here all your life, to influence this new Plan, which will guide development in the Yorkshire Dales National Park over the next 20 years.
What can the new Local Plan do?
The new Local Plan can
- decide how much development should happen
- allocate sites for development
- adapt existing policies or create new policies to guide decisions on planning applications
- help to safeguard the environment, enable adaptation to climate change, and secure high quality accessible design.
The new Local Plan can’t
- guarantee that sites will be developed
- allocate funding for development
- address complex issues alone, such as an ageing population or climate change.
Setting the agenda
Based on the objectives of the National Park Management Plan and our evidence gathering to date, we have some suggestions of what the new Local Plan could contain:
- A greater focus on making space for wildlife
- More land made available for the right type of housing so younger people can live in the National Park
- Proposals for live/work accommodation and co-working spaces so more people can work remotely
- Greater flexibility for householders creating ‘granny flats’
- Policies to allow more diverse land uses on farms and estates, such as tourism and local energy generation
- Proposals for extra care housing for older people and people with special needs; an updated barn conversion policy
- A ‘use it or lose it’ approach to encourage developers to build homes on allocated sites
- Proposals for new and extended leisure facilities for residents
- More support for energy-saving measures and siting of new development in locations that will minimise vehicle movements
- A new requirement for ‘Fibre-to-the-Premises’ broadband on new developments
- An expanded list of business development sites to foster new employment opportunities
- New policies to ensure that more properties are permanently occupied.