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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning service from 17 May 2021

Following the latest Government announcement of an easing of national restrictions, there is still an expectation that home working should continue at the present time. We will continue to retain our normal consultation processes on planning applications which are set out in the Statement of Community Involvement.

This means that neighbour notification letters of planning applications will continue to be sent out and officers will visit sites to post site application notices as before.

Planning staff are continuing to work from home, however contact can still be made by email or by telephone. Please use existing contact details provided on our website.

The office in Helmsley is likely to reopen to the public on 19 July, however until this date, staff will be available to answer telephone calls and receive mail during normal office hours. The office in Helmsley remains closed to the public, however Planning Officers are now available to meet on site or at the office in Helmsley by prior appointment and subject to adherence to the Authority’s Covid-19 safeguarding protocol (in the case of pre-application advice this will be subject to the normal fees).

Planning Committee meetings

With the likely lifting of national restrictions scheduled for 19 July, and the ending of the temporary regulations allowing virtual/remote public decision making meetings, the National Park Planning Committee will return to pre-covid arrangements and actual meetings, open to the public, will take place.

The next scheduled Planning Committee on 15 July will most likely take place at Helmsley Arts Centre (Old Meeting House, 1, Meeting House Court, Helmsley, York YO62 5DW). Further advice and details of precautions will be set out in due course and any changes in government advice or return of regional or national restrictions will of course be followed, which could impact on this.

Any queries, please contact Mark Hill, Head of Development Management by email m.hill@northyorkmoors.org.uk