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Have your say on the future of Yorkshire Dales National Park
11:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
Organisations and individuals in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have until Tuesday, October 29, to respond to a public consultation that will shape future planning decisions.
The national park authority is drawing up a new Local Plan, which will contain detailed policies that will be used to decide planning applications and the future development of land and buildings from 2015 to 2030.
The public is being asked for their thoughts on an “options report” that highlights the key planning areas for the future of the national park.
It asks for opinions on what direction policy should take – for example in relation to barn conversions, visitor facilities, local business development and visitor accommodation.
Peter Stockton, the authority’s head of sustainable development, said: “The Local Plan is the foundation upon which all the authority’s planning decisions are made, so it is vital that we hear people’s views on the future direction of the policies within it.”
Many of the responses received so far have focused on one of the most iconic features of the national park – the traditional farm buildings.
“I believe farmers can be trusted to convert sympathetically, after all they are going to have to look at it for years.
“I think there should be a ban on these barn conversions being any kind of second home, although I can’t see any harm in the farmer earning an income from turning it into self-catering holiday accommodation for tourists.
“There should be a limitation on the number of conversions in total in any five-year period – by parish, no more than five per 25 years and by farm, no more than one per 25 years.”
Other suggestions include encouraging more overnight stays in the national park by developing new visitor facilities and new camping and touring pitches. Another is to allocate brownfield sites near Grassington and Sedbergh to develop new business uses, while a third is to review quarrying.
The options are available on the national park authority’s website at yorkshire dales.org.uk/future-policy and comments should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation period will end on Tuesday, October 29, and a draft Local Plan will then be produced for further public consultation next year.
A final submission version of the plan will be sent to the Communities and Local Government Secretary for approval in 2015.
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