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Big response to national park planning drive
Thursday 15 August

MOVES to throw open Yorkshire Dales National Park planning policies to public debate have drawn a massive response.

Some 1,500 suggestions have been forwarded by 249 individuals and organisations, showing that planning is still a major issue in the park - and that local people want their say in future development.

The replies came as a response to the Yorkshire Dales First Deposit Local Plan which - despite its awful title - is a campaign to get locals involved in planning issues. When the plan is finalised, with local views taken into account, it will lay down guidelines for future planning applications.

Park authority head of planning Peter Watson, explained: "The public consultation exercise on the First Deposit Local Plan has generated a great deal of interest

"The authority's role is to now look at the comments we have received. Where we feel that we can negotiate changes to the current proposed policies with objectors we will do so, ahead of publishing the Second Deposit Local Plan.

"This will then give the public a second chance to comment on any of the policies that have been changed as a result of our negotiations."

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