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  1. Temp Road Closure  - Ellers Road, Sutton In Craven 1 day February 7th for repair to electrical fault on lamp column

     See below link to closure information

    PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - Ellers Rd Sutton                                           

    The Closure will be in place for a period of 1 day 7th February 2017 

    The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link

  2. Temp Road Closure -Sutton Lane, Sutton In Craven -1 day Sunday 29th Jan (AM only)

    See below link to closure information – bus company has been informed

    PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - Sutton Lane, Sutton in Craven                                           

    The Closure will be in place for a period of 1 day Sunday 29th January 2017

    The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link

  3. Decision

    1. The appeal is dismissed and outline planning permission is refused.

    Procedural Matters

    2. The Council confirms that had it been in a position to determine the appealed application it would have resolved to refuse planning permission on the following grounds:
    ‘The proposed development would compromise the gap between Sutton-in-Craven and Eastburn and would constitute large scale development beyond the settlement boundary which would be harmful to the landscape character of the area and the approach to Sutton. In terms of the presumption in favour of sustainable development it is considered that the adverse impact in relation to the individual character and identity of the settlements, their overall character and appearance and that of the area generally would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposed development when assessed against the policies in the NPPF taken as a whole’.

    3. The red lined application site indicated as ‘housing site’ on plan Drawing No: A1 244 2 007 Rev C includes an area of land to the south and east of the housing layout annotated as ‘undeveloped’ and ‘open fields’ respectively. The appellant advises that the extent of the new housing development would be limited to the area indicated on the housing layout. I shall consider the appeal on this basis, although I am not persuaded that the extent of the appeal site could be defined and restricted by way of a planning condition if the appeal were to succeed, as the appellant suggests.

    4. The application was made in outline form with all matters reserved for future approval. As the appellant advises that the layout plan submitted with the application is for illustrative purposes only I shall not take it into consideration in determining the appeal.

    5. The appellant has submitted a unilateral undertaking which provides for 9 units of affordable housing and an area of public open space on the site together with a commuted sum for provision or enhancement of play and recreational facilities in the village. A bridleway as indicated on the submitted drawing is also to be provided. Notwithstanding this, I have not been provided with clear evidence to indicate whether such an undertaking is necessary having regard to the statutory tests in Regulation 122 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. However, as I am dismissing the appeal for other reasons the decision does not turn on this matter.

    Main Issue
    6. The main issue is whether the proposal would comprise a sustainable form of development, with particular reference to the character and appearance of the area.

    7. The appeal site comprises part of a larger field contained by mature trees and drystone walls, and forms part of a prominent patchwork of agricultural fields on the east side of the village extending to Eastburn. The land rises steadily southwards from Sutton Lane towards a well-wooded ridge and forms a most attractive approach to the village from the east, enhancing its setting in this rural landscape.

    8. The site lies outside the Development Limits for the village in the Craven District (Outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park) Local Plan (1999). It is therefore in open countryside for planning policy purposes, where new development is not normally permitted under saved policy ENV1 in order to protect the character and quality of the open countryside from sporadic development. However, provision is made in the policy for small scale development which, amongst other things, helps to maintain or enhance the landscape, is essential to the needs of the rural community and clearly benefits the rural economy.

    9. The proposal cannot be considered ‘small scale’ and it therefore conflicts with policy ENV1. However, the policy is inconsistent with the overarching presumption in favour of sustainable development set out in in the National Planning Policy Framework ('the Framework'). Only very limited weight can therefore be accorded to the policy in determining the appeal.

    10. Saved policy ENV2 of the Local Plan states that development in open countryside which is acceptable in principle under policy ENV1 will only be permitted where certain criteria are met. They include compatibility with the character of the surrounding area and an acceptable impact on the landscape. These objectives are broadly consistent with the Framework, which emphasises the need to take account of the different roles and character of different areas, recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside as one of the 12 core planning principles which underpins decision-taking.

    11. The Local Plan pre-dates the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (which introduced a new development plan preparation regime) and is not therefore up to date. As the most relevant Local Plan policy (ENV1) carries very limited weight, the presumption in favour of sustainable development in the Framework must be the starting point for assessing the appeal proposal.

    12. One of the key objectives in the Framework is to boost significantly the supply of housing. To this end, local planning authorities are required to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirements. In this case the Council confirms that as of November 2016 it can demonstrate a five year housing land supply in accordance with this requirement1. Whilst this does not, in isolation, justify dismissal of the appeal it is a material consideration that carries weight in the overall planning judgement.

    13. Paragraph 14 of the Framework states that where relevant policies in the development plan are out-of-date, permission should be granted unless any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the policies in the Framework taken as a whole. Paragraph 7 identifies the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

    14. In economic terms the appeal proposal would provide employment opportunities during the construction phase both in terms of labour and materials. Thereafter, the occupiers of the new dwellings would use local facilities and services. As such, the local economy would benefit to some degree, and this factor weighs in favour of the proposal.

    15. In relation to the social dimension of sustainable development, the proposal would boost the supply of housing by providing some 22 dwellings of which nine would comprise affordable housing that would contribute to meeting an undisputed and unmet local need for such accommodation. Furthermore, the site is relatively accessible, being within walking distance of schools, a convenience store, pharmacy, public houses and places of worship within the village. It is also fairly well served by public transport, with services to a number of towns and villages in the area. The provision of a bridleway along the northern frontage of the site would provide some recreation benefits and would improve pedestrian safety. These factors also carry weight in favour of the proposal.

    16. Turning to the environmental dimension, it is clear that the proposal represents a marked reduction to a previous scheme which sought outline planning permission for 50 dwellings on a larger parcel of land and was dismissed on appeal in 20152. It follows, therefore, that the visual impact of the current proposal would be proportionately less. I also acknowledge that the site currently proposed for development would be on an area of lower land, albeit slightly elevated above Sutton Lane.

    17. However, whilst the housing layout drawing is illustrative, the proposed density of development would be likely to involve tight-knit housing, hardstandings, footways and open space together with loss of stone boundary walling to Sutton Lane to accommodate the access and visibility splays. The site does not relate well to the built-up area of the village nor would the proposal comprise a natural extension to the built-up area as the appellant submits. It would represent a marked suburban incursion into open countryside on a prominent site on the edge of the village to the detriment of the settlement’s form, pattern and character and the openness of this rural landscape.

    18. Moreover, it would result in the erosion of an important physical and visual gap between the village and Eastburn. Significant harm would therefore be caused to the attractive rural character of the landscape here, and accordingly the proposal would not perform the environmental role of contributing to protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

    19. Although the appeal site would align with housing on Corn Mill Walk which forms the edge of built development on the northern side of Sutton Lane, this does not justify the proposal which, as I have noted, would comprise an extension of the village into open countryside on the south side of Sutton Lane. The appellant submits that the proposal would maintain or enhance the quality of the approach to the village by obscuring dwellings on Wilson Street and Dixon Street. However, any perceived benefit in this respect would not outweigh the significant harm to the area’s character and appearance I have described above.

    20. In relation to other environmental benefits promoted by the appellant, biodiversity enhancement in the form of open space within the site would be offset by built development and associated activity arising from the proposal. Very limited weight it therefore accorded to this argument.

    21. In coming to these findings I have taken into account other schemes in the District referred to by the appellant which involve housing outside settlement Development Limits. However, in each case there appears to be material differences to the proposal before me, most notably in terms of the housing land supply situation prevailing at the time that these schemes were granted permission. They therefore have very limited relevance to the appeal scheme.

    Other Matters
    22. Whilst the site may form part of a larger parcel of land identified as an ‘emerging preferred housing site’ in the Draft Craven Local Plan: Preferred Sites for Housing Consultation Document (July 2016), I am told it is at an early stage and has attracted significant objections. It therefore attracts very limited weight in favour of the proposal.

    23. Nos 1 and 2 Main Street are Grade II listed buildings. Their setting derives in large part from their prominent siting at the entrance to the village adjacent to traditional terraced and semi-detached stone dwellings. By introducing modern suburban estate housing opposite their setting would be compromised. Whilst this does not justify dismissal of the appeal on this basis, it adds weight to my concerns regarding the impact of the proposal.

    24. I acknowledge concerns regarding the impact of traffic generated by the development on Sutton Road and footways in the vicinity of the site. However, no evidence is before me to show that highway and pedestrian safety would be compromised by the development. Similarly, no technical evidence has been provided to show that the new housing would overload existing sewers or increase flood risk. Other representations have no bearing on the planning merits of the case.

    Planning Balance and Conclusion
    25. Notwithstanding the current five year housing land supply position in the District, the proposal would boost the supply of housing including provision of affordable units and contribute to the local economy. It would also be accessible to local services and facilities and bring about modest benefits to biodiversity, recreation and pedestrian safety.

    26. On the other side of the coin I have found that the harm to the character and appearance of the area arising from the appeal proposal would be substantial. As such it would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposed development when assessed against the policies in the Framework when taken as a whole. It would not therefore amount to a sustainable form of development. Accordingly the appeal fails.

    Michael Moffoot


    An effective response to emergencies depends upon robust preparation. An informed and prepared community is a safer community! 

    Emergency services will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. Communities may therefore need to rely on their own resources to minimise the impact of an emergency, before the emergency services arrive. Emergencies can take many forms, from small house fires through to widespread loss of electricity or flooding. 

    Many communities already help each other in times of need, but experience shows that those who are prepared cope better during an emergency. Communities with local knowledge, enthusiasm and information are a great asset and a Community Emergency Plan can help. 

    As such Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council has taken the steps to become more prepared and has produced a plan in order to coordinate a local response to emergencies similar to the recent flooding that hit the village. 

    We are working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Emergency Planning, Craven District Council, Environment Agency and Local Blue Light Services to ensure a coordinated response is achieved. 

    The simple Community Emergency Plan is designed to identify:

    • A coordination/meeting point.
    • Short-term safe refuge places for people displaced from their homes.
    • Emergency volunteers.
    • Useful emergency equipment (including Sandbags)
    • Vulnerable people in the community and support them.
    • Useful emergency contacts. 

    During an emergency, the Sutton-in-Craven CEP will be activated with the team utilising local volunteers and resources whilst liaising with/working with emergency responders to support those at risk and vulnerable. 

    If you would like to be involved in the Community Emergency Team or register as a volunteer, please contact or call Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council on 01535 633972. 

    During non-emergency times we will continue to monitor issues within our community which may result in incidents occurring and work with partners to try and alleviate such issues. 

    We all have a part to play and being prepared for the unexpected can help reduce the impact an event has on us individually and as a community.

    Take some time to visit here you can find lots of tips & information to prepare you, your family and your business for emergencies and to be kept informed during localised events. 

    Important Note: This scheme is not intended to replace the response that would normally be provided by the emergency services and local authority. If there is an immediate threat to life always call the emergency services first.

  5. Application for Permission to Develop Land

    Application Number: 66/2016/17442

    Proposal: Outline Application with Some Matters Reserved for the Erection of Circa 32 No. Dwellings with Means of Access from Holme Lane and Associated Works

    Location: Land To The West of Holme Lane, Sutton-in-Craven BD20 7LL

    Applicant: Snell Developments Ltd.

    Please email your comments to within the next 21 days.

    The application details can be inspected on the Craven District Council website at:

  6. Public Consultation on Co-Mingled Recycling Collections

    In July 2016 it was agreed in principle that the collection methodology for recyclates in the Craven District would change in the next financial year.

    Residents told Craven District Council that they were dissatisfied with the current two-stream collection regime; this prompted the council to look at alternative types of methodology. The decision in principle is to move to a full co-mingled collection.

    What does fully co-mingled mean?

    It means that the collection methodology will be simplified: all your recyclates (paper, cans, plastic, glass and card) will be collected on the same day in the same container. This takes away the need for multiple visits.

    The new methodology will mean you have a collection once a week on the same day. In week 1 you will present your green wheeled bin for residual waste for emptying, then in week 2 you will present your blue bin/pod for emptying. This gets us away from the need to distribute and collect blue bags.

    The government has set a target that all local authorities are to achieve 50% recycling by 2020. This new methodology will help us to get there and achieve what we are being asked to do.

    We now want to ask you what you think.

    To complete our survey please click here.

    Alternatively you can download a copy of the consultation here: word icon Co-mingled consultation [51kb]

    and email it to

    or post it to Co-Mingling Consultation, Waste Management, Craven District Council, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ.

    Hard copies of the survey are also available at Belle Vue Square, Skipton, Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, Skipton Tourist Information Centre and Settle Tourist Information Centre.

    The consultation will close on December 21st 2016, so please complete the survey by this date.

  7. Dear all 

    I am sure the PCC is contacting you all through her own office but it would be remiss of me if I wasn’t to raise the current consultation with you myself. 

    You can find details of the consultation here along with translations Nepalese, Polish, Romanian, Urdu and Arabic 

    It is so important that Craven has a voice and the concerns of our residents/constituents/workers are heard so please share this with your own networks put it on the agendas for your meetings, put up the posters and ensure that we are heard. 

    Thank you. 

    Inspector Geoff Crocker

    Collar Number 1320


    Craven District

    North Yorkshire Police 

  8. Discover the story behind your WW1 mementos at Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm, where experts who will be on hand to help bring your First World War story to life. 

    The Craven and the First World War project invites people to bring their own family objects, stories and questions relating to the First World War, to their Memorabilia Roadshow event taking place over Remembrance weekend. Historical experts will be on hand to help people discover more of their family story and give insight into the objects that they own at the event which is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. 

    There will be lots of activities taking place during the day, including: 

    • Pop-up exhibitions about life in Craven and Yorkshire during the war
    • WW1 object handling
    • Kids craft activities
    • The Battle of the Somme film screening
    • WW1 living history re-enactor

    The event will also include talks from Lucy Moore (WW1 Project Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries), at 12 noon on ‘Women in the Workplace in WWI’, followed by military historian Tim Lynch (author of ‘Yorkshire Voices of the Great War’) at 2pm, who will be sharing his experiences about his own research into his Great-Uncle’s WWI story.

    The event is free to attend.



  9. Later this week the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan will be launching a major consultation exercise to find out what people want from North Yorkshire Police to help them ‘Be Safe, Feel Safe’. 

    Feedback from the consultation will be used to help produce a new Police and Crime Plan which will set the future direction of the force over the next three years. 

    The consultation will be in two parts: 

    An online survey

    An online survey will be available at from Thursday 13 October and run until the middle of November. 

    Stakeholder meetings

    Once the results of the survey have been finaised, Julia Mulligan and colleagues will be meeting with stakeholder groups across the area to get more detailed feedback. 


  10. Once again we are celebrating Craven’s unsung heroes, their achievements and their contributions to the community through the annual Craven Community Champions awards.

     People can be nominated in the following seven categories

    •  Arts and Culture
    • Greener Craven
    • Sport and Recreation
    • Digital Innovation in the Community
    • Best Community Group
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • Young Citizen of the Year

     The closing date for receiving entries is midnight, Sunday 13th November 2016.

     All the details about how to apply and the award criteria are contained on our website,

    Coniston Hotel has again kindly agreed to provide the venue for the awards ceremony this year which will take place on Thursday 12th January 2017.

    The panel of judges representing local community organisations will be shortlisting all the entries received in December 2016 and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in January 2017.