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West Burton Primary School Lower Wensleydale

F3 – Access to services

How are we doing on this objective

Retain access to services – like primary schools and GP surgeries – that are essential to the long-term viability of local communities, using the four main service ‘hubs’ (Grassington, Hawes, Reeth and Sedbergh) and their surrounding ‘spoke’ settlements to create economies of scale.


Progress: Arkengarthdale Primary School shut down, and Clapham Primary School will close at the end of the summer term, taking the total number of primary schools from 34 to 32. Barclays Bank closed its last branches (in Grassington and Hawes).


Rationale:  The long-term viability of local communities depends in part on retaining access to key services, especially for families.  The objective is to maintain access to quality services by using the four main settlements inside the Park collectively with their surrounding service village hinterlands, to offer economies of scale and a choice of locations for new and existing facilities.  The aim is for these ‘service hubs’ to be able to compete with the surrounding towns to retain and attract households and, thereby’ avoid the further loss of critical services.

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

Supporting partnersNorth Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council; Lancashire County Council; Parish Councils; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership; Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership;

Further information:  n/a

Cost over 5 years:  n/a

Funding shortfall:   n/a

Related objectivesE1; E2, E3, E5; E7,E8; E9; F1; F2; F4; F6; F7

Ecosystem services:    None

Trade-offs:    New infrastructure will have impacts on the environment and existing amenities of the National Park. These will be identified and moderated through the application of the policies set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan

Baseline: Settlement survey data.