Wanted – your views on the future of the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has launched its second consultation on a local plan for the national park. The plan will set out policies that will shape what development can and can’t take place in our national park between 2023 and 2040. How many new homes a year should be built in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to sustain communities? Would you like new development to be ‘zero carbon’? Should planning policies support development that helps Dales farmers to intensify production? These are the main questions in this consultation, which represents the next step in the process of creating a new Local Plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

In the first consultation called ‘Setting the agenda’ closed in February, with 249 people and 26 organisations submitting their views on what was wanted in the next local plan. It resulted a in a call for a more planned led approach to development, including a wider range of new homes and more affordable housing; new development that supports biodiversity; lower carbon development; better broadband and mobile infrastructure; and continued conservation of the Park’s special qualities. (See: https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/03/Local-Plan-Issues-Consultation-Report.pdf

The second consultation closes on 25 September and more details may be found on the Authority’s web site at: https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/park-authority/living-and-working/planning-policy/local-plan-2023-40/consultation-no-2-exploring-our-options-ambitions/


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