RDC News and Updates

Help us identify Richmondshire’s green spaces

The council is reviewing its Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted December 2014) for the part of the district outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Following on from the issues and options consultation held last year, we are currently preparing the next consultation stage in the form of the preferred options. This will set out what we think is the best strategy to deliver Richmondshire’s needs and will include the consultation on, for example, revised development limits and the designation of local green spaces.

This consultation specifically invites you to submit sites to be considered for ‘local green space designation’. The designation of land as local green space gives communities the opportunity to identify and protect green areas of particular importance, subject to meeting the criteria as set out within the National Planning Policy Framework (2019).


The designation of local green space should only be used where the space meets all of the following criteria:

  • It is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves
  • It is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife
  • It is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land

Further information is available within the local green space designation guidance.


The local green space designation survey is now available to complete.

Alternatively, a downloadable survey is also available. Please return any completed forms and site maps to land@richmondshire.gov.uk or you can return by post to: Planning Policy, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX.

The closing date is 26 July 2019.

Once the responses have been received, we will consider all of the local green space designations submitted and those found to meet the requirements will be published as part of the preferred options consultation in Autumn 2019 for further comment.

The Council is undertaking a survey to assess the demand for homes to be sold at a discount below the market value or other home ownership options.To have your say complete the survey by Monday 15 July.