Welcome changes to YDNPA planning website

Friends of the Dales welcomes the decision by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to publish all comments received in response to planning applications on its official Citizen Portal planning website.

Wilf Fenten, Deputy Chair of Friends of the Dales said “We have been lobbying for our comments, and those of other interested parties who are not on the list of statutory consultees, to be uploaded by YDNPA onto the planning website. So we are very pleased that all comments, whether objections or in support of any application, are now easily accessible to members of the public and the press. Our volunteer committee keeps a close eye on significant planning applications in or close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, for example barn conversions, schemes for affordable housing, and major developments such as new hotels and quarry extensions. If we feel an application threatens the landscape, wildlife, heritage or communities of the Dales we will send in an objection or make suggestions about how the plans could be improved. We also look out for applications we can support with a positive comment.”

All the Friends of the Dales Planning Comments can be viewed here.

Local residents, groups and parish councils are very welcome to let us know about any significant applications in their area of the national park. Contact on our Executive Director, Ann Shadrake, at ann.shadrake@friendsofthedales.org.uk.

Photo: Linton Camp, the subject of a recent planning application, courtesy of The Telegraph & Argus