PEOPLE are being urged to view proposals to improve the look of historic back streets and ginnels in Skipton.

A public consultation was launched earlier this month following Craven District Council’s success last year in securing just over £1.5m from Historic England towards proposals to redevelop the Coach Street area, including Victoria Street, Victoria Square and Hallam’s Yard.

In partnership with Historic England, Skipton Civic Society and North Yorkshire County Council, the proposals aim to enhance historic links and encourage pedestrians to explore the town’s community of independent shops, businesses, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

On top of a consultation, there will be a drop-in session where the plans and designs can be viewed, at the council offices, Belle Vue Square, Skipton on Tuesday, November 30 between 10am and 3pm.

Proposed for Coach Street is the widening of pavements, dedicated bays for deliveries and coaches, raised pedestrian crossing points, a speed ‘table’ and heritage style lighting.

Also proposed is the lifting and re-laying of the stone setts in Victoria Street, the creation of a flagstone central walkway and heritage style lighting. Plans also feature seating, planters and cycle parking - all aimed at improving the area for visitor and residents.

Hallams Yard will also see the repair of paving stones, heritage lighting and the screening off of waste bins.

Skipton is one of 60 ‘High Street Heritage Action Zones’ across the country to benefit from the government funded scheme run by Historic England.

The plans can be viewed at and the survey can be completed here

The consultation will close on November 30