Craven Residents Asked To Comment On The Local Draft Plan!


Craven District Council is set to launch an informal consultation on the new Pre-Publication Draft Craven Local Plan.

Councillors on Craven’s Spatial Planning sub-committee agreed at a meeting on June 14 to consult on the latest version of the plan, which includes a spatial strategy, draft policies and preferred housing, employment and mixed use site allocations. 

The consultation will begin on Monday June 19 and will run until Monday July 31, 2017.

Get involved

Feedback gathered during the last consultation on the draft Local Plan, which took place in April/May 2016, together with extensive updates to the evidence base that underpins the draft plan has been taken into account in preparing the new version.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: “This consultation is a crucial piece of work and one of the final steps in developing a Local Plan that is right for Craven.

“We have taken on board previous comments from residents, businesses and organisations who provided us with valuable information. We have already carried out a huge amount of consultation to ensure a robust plan.

“This is the last chance for people to influence the content of the plan before it is formally published in September 2017 and we would like to hear their views. We are interested to hear what people like about it and any proposed changes – all suggestions are welcome.”

Local Plan

The new draft Local Plan takes into account an update to the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) prepared in December 2016, which is a key piece of evidence to inform Craven’s spatial strategy for housing growth.

It sets out an objectively assessed need (OAN) for Craven District over the plan period 2012-2032 of 4,280 dwellings, which equates to 214 dwellings per year over this 20 year period. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to use their evidence base to ensure that their local plan meets the full, objectively assessed needs (OAN) for market and affordable housing in their area.

The Council proposes to set a housing requirement to meet the full OAN for Craven District and therefore to make provision in the draft Local Plan for 214 dwellings per year outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This housing requirement will be provided through dwellings completed since April 1, 2012, sites with planning permission or under construction, new sites allocated in the Local Plan for housing and through an allowance for small sites.

As well as the SHMA update 2016, the latest draft Local Plan is based on up to date evidence relating to a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment prepared in 2017, Conservation Area Appraisals completed in December 2016, Employment Land Review 2017, Viability Assessment of the Local Plan 2017 and Highway Modelling work for Skipton prepared in 2017.

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Plan is ongoing. Its purpose is to ensure that social, economic and environmental considerations are integral to preparation of the Local Plan. Sustainability Appraisal of the spatial strategy, draft policies and preferred site allocations also forms part of this informal consultation.

This round of informal consultation of the Plan is the last opportunity to influence the content of the plan before it is formally published in September 2017 and submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination in December 2017.

Once the plan is published, comments or representations should only relate to the tests of soundness and other legal requirements, rather than the content of the plan. These representations will then be dealt with by an independent inspector during the Examination in Public. 

Coming Very Soon…

The new draft Local Plan consultation documents and a feedback form can be found from Monday June 19 on our web page here

Hard copies will be available to view at Craven District Council Offices, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ. The Council Offices are open 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm 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.

In addition, there will be a drop-in session at the Craven District Council offices, at Belle Vue Square, Skipton, on July 3 from 2pm to 6pm.

Completed feedback forms can be sent to or posted to the council using the address above. 

The Planning Policy Team is available throughout the consultation period.  Please contact us on 01756 706472 or by emailing to arrange an appointment at the Council Offices in Skipton.


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