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Preferred Options (July 2018)

Work is continuing on a new Local Plan for the North York Moors, which will cover the period 2016-35. Policies within the development plan are the main determinant when deciding applications for planning permission.

We have now completed  our 'Preferred Options' version of the Plan. This is the first full draft of the plan we have published and we are now  seeking your views.

View the 'Preferred Options' Draft Local Plan

View the Preferred Options Draft Maps.

A twelve page summary document is also available, explaining the main proposed changes to current policy.

View the 'Preferred Options' Summary Document

An online Survey Monkey portal is available should you wish to submit comments electonically.

Submit comments electronically

An editable Microsoft Word form for responding is available here. Please fill in and email it to us at

Alternatively,  print it out, fill it in and send it to The Policy Team, The North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5BP.

Copies of the draft Plan are being placed in libraries and are available for Inspection at The Authority Offices in Hemsley of at the Visitor Centres at Sutton Bank and the Moors Centre at Danby.

The consultation period starts on 30 July with the closing date for comments is eleven weeks later on Friday 12 October 2018 at 5.00 p.m.

As series of 'drop in' events are also planned. These are:






Fylingdales Village Hall

16th August

4 – 7 p.m.


Danby Village Hall

21st August

4 – 7 p.m.


St Hildas Old School

22nd August

4 – 7 p.Egton/Sleights


Egton Village Hall

23rd August

4 – 7 p.m.

Rosedale Abbey

Reading Rooms

28 August

4 – 7 p.m.

Chop Gate

Chop Gate Village Hall

30 August

4 – 7 p.m.


Village Hall

3rd September

4 – 7 p.m.


Goathland Village Hall

4th September

4 – 7 p.m.

E/W Ayton

East Ayton Village Hall

11th September

4 – 7 p.m.


Village Hall

17th September

4 – 7 p.m.

Thornton le Dale

Village Hall

18th September

4 – 7 p.m.


Methodist Rooms

19th September

4 - 7 p.m.

Hutton le Hole

Village Hall

26 September

4 – 6.30 p.m.


The Old Vicarage

27th September

4 – 7 p.m.


Village Hall Meeting  Room

1st October

4 – 7 p.m.

Topic Papers

The draft Plan is supported by a series of topic papers which explain the background to how we developed the policies in the draft Plan and sets out in more detail some of the alternative options we considered. These are:

  1. Vision and Objectives
  2. Spatial Strategy and Settlement Hierarchy
  3. Tranquillity, A Sense of Remoteness and Dark Night Skies
  4. Heritage
  5. Visually Important Spaces
  6. Economy, Tourism and Retail
  7. Community Spaces
  8. Housing

Updates to Supplementary Planning Guidance

As part of the plan revisions we are also updating two of our current 'Supplementary Planning Documents' (SPDs). Updates are most minor amendments so that our current set of SPDs will support the new Local Plan or to refer to current national policy guidance. The two main changes are new advice on the use of UPVC windows in Conservation Areas (Part two of the Design Guide) and further clarification on the acceptability of wind turbines on open moorland (Renewable Energy SPD). It is intended that the current Housing SPD will be withdrawn on adoption of the new Local Plan in early 2020. We have produced a schedule of changes and would welcome any comments.  

The Design Guide SPD

Current Guidance
Proposed Amendments
Part 1 - General Principles
Schedule of Proposed Changes
Part 2 - Extensions and Alterations to Dwellings
Schedule of Proposed Changes
Part 3 - Trees and Landscapes
Schedule of Proposed Changes
Part 4 - Reuse of Traditional Rural Buildings
Schedule of Proposed Changes
Part 5 - New Agricultural Buildings
Schedule of Proposed Changes

Renewable Energy SPD

View the current Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Document

View the schedule of proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Document

Evidence Base

In addition we have produced or commissioned several new technical documents. These form part of the 'evidence base' for the new Local Plan. All technical documents can be found on our Evidence Base page. The following documents are newly published:

  1. The Sustainability Appraisal (July 2018), which has assessed all policies in this plan to see if they are the best means of delivering development which strikes the right balance between environmental, economic and social objectives;
  2. A Habitats Regulation Assessment or HRA, (July 2018), which is undertaken to make sure our policies do not have any harmful impacts on key protected wildlife habitats;
  3. The Strategic Land Availability Assessment or SHLAA, which looked at available land for housing, and the likelihood of it coming forward for development. We are expeecting to publish this towards the end of September. We will notify consultees when it is published.
  4. An Open Space Assessment (July 2018), which looked at the quantity and quality of sports and recreational open space within settlements the National Park and assessed whether any new spaces are needed.

The following evidence base documents were recently produced:

The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (November 2017), which looked at whether any particular areas of the National Park are susceptible to flooding;

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment or SHMA (May 2016), which looked at housing need and demand.

Two futher studies will be available shortly:

The Local Plan Viability Appraisal (August 2018), which will looked at whether our policies are setting any requirements that would prevent new development from being delivered will be available shortly (likely to be the end of August. We will notify consultees when it is published).

The Landscape Assessment (Autumn 2018), which categorised landscapes into particular types, describes their features, overall character and sets out how sensitive they may be to new development will be available in the Autumn. This is an update to and exisiting Landscape Character Appraisal dating back to 2003.

What Happens Next?

Depending on your comments, we are planning to produce what's known as the 'publication version' of the Local Plan in February 2019. This will be the Authority's final draft plan, and it will be subject to consultation. Comments collected during this consulation will then submitted, alongside the draft plan tot eh Government for indpedpent examination. We expect the public examination of the draft will happen in around July 2019, followed by final adoption in February 2020.  

Previous Consultations

This is the fourth time we have asked for views on what should be in the new Local Plan. The text below details and links to previous rounds of consultation. Details of previous stages can be found using the following links:

Tranquillity, A Sense of Remoteness and Dark Skies at Night (December 2017)

Current Thinking (October 2017)

First Steps (September 2016).

Keep In Touch

If you wish to be notified when we publish information relating to the new Local Plan, please join our mailing list.  

The Local Plan Mailing List.