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Dales to have new ‘Local Plan’

Monday 16 December, 2019, by News Release

People who live in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been asked to shape a new set of planning policies, intended to guide development for the next 20 years. 

A survey has been delivered to all households in the National Park and to others around it (a total of 15,116 households) via the twice-yearly Dales paper.  It asks what issues the new ‘Local Plan’ needs to help tackle.

Consultation No.1 – Setting the agenda’ is the first stage of a four-year legal process that the National Park Authority, like all local planning authorities, must undertake.  

To inform the consultation, the Authority – with the support of local district councils and North Yorkshire County Council – has published three new studies on demographic changes, housing and socioeconomic trends in the National Park.  

Strikingly, they show that:

  • The number of people living in the National Park is currently static but could decline by 9% by 2040.  
  • Halting that decline would probably require the building of at least 50 dwellings a year, with at least 20 of those being affordable. 
  • Within the static population, the number of people over the age 65 has increased by 45% since 2001.
  • People on rates of pay equivalent to that of nurses, fire fighters and teachers currently need more than five times their annual income to buy even the cheapest housing in the National Park. 
  • Overall employment has grown significantly in recent years.
  • Farming still accounts for one in every six jobs in the National Park, while accommodation and food services is the largest and fastest growing sector. 

For a full commentary on the research, see this blog by the Park Authority’s Head of Sustainable Development, Peter Stockton.

The current Local Plan period is 2015-2030.  However, the extension of the National Park boundary in 2016 created a situation in which planning policy became spread over 12 different development plan documents.   The Authority decided in March this year to start to create a single new Local Plan for the whole Park.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman, Carl Lis, said:  “It is fair to say we didn’t think we’d be here again so soon, but this is a big moment for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The new Local Plan will lead and promote development across the whole Park from 2023 to 2040.   Today, we are asking local people to lay the foundations for it.   

“If you don’t like current planning rules, this is your chance to say so.  If you’ve got ideas about how your area could be a better place to live in or do business in, this is your chance to air them.   If you think you know the best place for new homes to be built, tell us.  My promise is that every view will be taken into account.  This is a once-in-every-ten-year opportunity for local people to shape the development of their villages or towns.”  

He added:  “We’re also very interested in hearing from younger people who are keen to live in the Dales, so that the district councils and the Authority can work out ways to try to tackle the barriers they face.  The studies on population, housing and socioeconomic trends very clearly illustrate that to sustain communities and the economy, we must attract people from outside the Park to come to live here.”

The Local Plan survey is available online.  Copies are also available in Sedbergh Library or in Park Authority offices in Grassington and Bainbridge.

The consultation period ends on Friday 14 February 2020. 

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


5 Replies to “Dales to have new ‘Local Plan’”

  1. Peter Hodge says:

    “Rural rates to be increased” seems an odd way to encourage young people into the Dales.
    It has to encourage owners of empty houses to move on.
    Good broadband connection is a must.
    Industry must be encouraged. Tourism pays minimum wage which is not a living wage.
    On the other hand if we all moved to the towns then there would be less car journeys so more Eco Friendly.

  2. Edward says:

    Young people have no chance to live in the dales,
    My own experience is,
    At the tender age of 23 and living outside the ydnp me and my partner bought a dilapidated farm house(no connection to farming) after getting planning(a real struggle)
    We both moved in aged 25
    Two children shortly followed
    The local school closed before ours where old enough to even start,
    Considering our options and the distances to work off site we tried for holiday accommodation (myself continuing to commute)
    We were refused permission
    My advice to the “youth” is stay in the surrounding areas abutting the Yorkshire dales and visit the park often,
    My own situation is proof the national park will always struggle to support growth against visual impact and my buildings exists refused on parking grounds(visitors usually drive)
    The national park claim to support/encourage youth.
    My situation;
    young families (family of 4)
    New business (holiday accom)
    Rural jobs
    We then ticked most there supposed criteria,
    We now use our farm house for holidays and we live outside the national park,
    I may return to live as a pensioner if I am lucky to get to such an age, we will never return as a young family given our experience
    ( farmers in the dales to which I have spoken with many have a saying ” if the national park were in charge long ago they would have stopped us putting up all the dry stone walls” something the dales is famous for, this stigma against the park can not be good for future relations, these farmers own the land which needs to be released!
    My advice to the ydnp would be to encourage all types of building projects in every hamlet, village…
    1 new property every 5 years in every location (to review) regardless of so called “demand”
    Even unrestricted property, more new houses, less competition on existing ones also associated jobs with the new homes
    There is no point in reporting high planning permission numbers granted for new properties if the land owners have no intention of building them or selling the land.
    I hope there are some good points to consider above which I am sure will be met with some trepidation but to get moving but to get things moving the above points need to be seriously considered
    The ydnp in my opinion is very stagnant in the house building department
    I look forward to seeing if the situation changes

    • News Release says:

      Thank you for your comment. The second consultation on a new Local Plan is now taking place, so please consider submitting these views as part of a submission, then you will be guaranteed that they will be considered. Pls see
      You are right about house building being stagnant in the YDNP. Completions of new homes in the National Park have been disappointingly low in the past couple of years. Developments are at least underway in Long Preston and West Witton, though. The reason the NPA flags up the high number of planning permissions for new homes is that that is a key area in which the National Park Authority has powers on. The National Park Authority does not build new homes (it does not have a house building department). The housing authorities are the local district councils and they have been working hard to try to support affordable housing schemes.

  3. Roy Smith says:

    I am all for building houses inside villages in the yorkshire dales national parks but not on any of the farmland or open spaces as this would go against the whole purpose of having national parks these areas where set apart as areas of outstanding natural beauty and should stop that way once you allow developers to build houses they will want to build more and more and before u know it the dales will be covered in areas of mini housing estates which will spoil the character and the beauty of the dales so would think very carefully what you are doing because once our beautiful areas of our dales are gone there gone for good

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