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Milestone achieved in preparation of new Local Plan for the North York Moors

A significant milestone has been reached in the preparation of a new Local Plan for the North York Moors National Park, which will guide decisions on planning applications up until the year 2035.

The Authority has sought views from members of the public, parish councils and various other organisations throughout the Plan’s development process, most recently in 2018 through consultation on a draft Plan. Feedback received during this period has helped inform the latest draft, which is the version that will be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination later this year. Prior to this, the Authority is carrying out a further round of consultation over a six week period running from Friday 5 April to Monday 20 May, at this stage asking for comments on whether the draft Plan is considered 'sound' and legally compliant.

Paul Fellows, Head of Strategic Policy at the North York Moors National Park Authority said:

“The new Local Plan is an extremely important document for residents, businesses and visitors to the National Park. It covers everything from new affordable homes to protecting our dark skies, providing holiday accommodation and supporting sustainable communities.

“Completion of the Pre-Submission draft of the Local Plan is a significant milestone and I am grateful for all the contributions and comments we have received in response to previous consultations.

“We look forward to submitting the draft Plan to the Secretary of State at the end of this next consultation period, and expect the Public Examination to take place in Autumn 2019.”

The Pre-Submission draft Plan, together with various supporting documents, is available to view at Copies are also available at the Authority’s offices in Helmsley and at local libraries.


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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