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Planning service from 8 March 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 remains closed, however our IT phone systems will allow for customer service staff to answer telephone calls and receive mail during normal office hours. Unfortunately we are unable to offer direct meetings with Officers, although advice and virtual meetings can still be provided using IT.

Planning Committee meetings

The National Park Planning Committee recognises the need to balance continuing decision-making on planning issues so that developments are ready to assist an economic recovery, together with public engagement on the most contentious developments.

Whilst all Planning decisions are currently delegated to the Chief Executive/Director of Planning, it is with a caveat that those most contentious applications will still be dealt with by the National Park Planning Committee.

Current regulations exist to facilitate virtual public meetings and for the time being Planning Committee Meetings will be virtual Planning Committees undertaken by use of the Authority’s chosen videoconferencing platform ‘Lifesize’, with a public streaming facility to enable proceedings to be watched. This will be reviewed once all restrictions are lifted, which is planned to be 21 June (at the earliest).

The Authority has produced a Virtual Public Meeting Protocol, which sets out how the North York Moors National Park Authority virtual committee meetings will operate. The Protocol can be accessed on the Meetings and agendas section of the Authority's website.

Public speaking (3 minute slots) will be facilitated, with speakers having the ability to take part for their speaking slot. An email will be sent out to objectors/supporters/Parish Town councils who have already commented on those most contentious planning applications to be determined by the upcoming virtual Planning Committees. Those that formally register to speak will be sent a further email the day before the virtual Planning Committee meeting is due to take place with a link to join the meeting and supporting guidance.

To ensure the virtual Planning Committee meeting is conducted in an open and transparent manner, it will be live streamed to the public. A link is published under the relevant Planning Committee heading of the Meetings and agendas section of the Authority’s website.

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