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E8 – Economic Development Project

How are we doing on this objective

Deliver at least one significant economic development project in each of Craven, Eden, Richmondshire and South Lakeland, and increase the number and quality of jobs so as to increase gross value added (GVA) by 10% by 2024.


Progress: The ‘Attracting Younger People’ action plan (see Objective F2), includes a timetable for the development of identified business sites. The first of these is the former depot site at Langcliffe Quarry, where Craven District Council has appointed Craven Barnfield Regeneration Company to develop a scheme. A local public consultation was held in October 2019, and a planning application is imminent.

Press Releases & related articles:

10 August 2020 – Second consultation opens on Local Plan


Rationale: Farming and tourism are fundamental to the National Park but are relatively low wage, low added value sectors.  There are 12 allocated business sites in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan, which provide the opportunity for significant new economic development.  While there are proposals under consideration for several sites, they are small in regional terms and struggle to attract investment to make development viable.  Broader business growth is likely to be heavily dependent on better broadband (objective E1) to support small and micro-businesses attracted by local quality of life.

Lead partnersCraven District Council; Eden District Council; Richmondshire District Council; South Lakeland District Council;

Supporting partnersCumbria Local Enterprise Partnership; York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority;

Further information:  North Yorkshire LEP;        

Cost over 5 years:      £4,000,000

Funding shortfall:     £4,000,000

Related objectives:    E1, E2; E3; E9; F2, F5

Ecosystem services:    Sense of place and inspiration, Sense of history

Trade-offs:    The Local Plan’s allocated business development sites are the most likely candidates for delivering significant job and economic growth.  These sites have already been screened for constraints and guidelines for their development are set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan (Policy BE1 and Appendix 3)

Baseline: Employment-based GVA was £400 million in 2016.