Richmondshire communities asked to identify important green spaces

Richmondshire communities are being asked to help identify important green spaces in the district.

As part of the review of its local development plan – for towns and villages outside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – the district council is inviting them to submit land to be considered for local green space designation’.

It gives local people the opportunity to identify and protect green areas of particular importance, subject to meeting the criteria set out within national planning policy.

The land should be local in character (not an extensive tract of land), in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves as well as be demonstrably special to a local community and hold a particular local significance.

That could be because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife.

Following the consultation, the land submitted will be assessed and those that meet the criteria will be put forward for consultation this Autumn 2019.

The closing date for this consultation is July 26, 2019.

For further information check out: or contact the Planning Policy team on or 01748 901116


  1. What a shame RDC cared nothing for mother native wildlife living in the wood opposite Somme Barracks, when they granted planning permission for the trees to be ripped out to enable a new build of 70 houses. On hearing local residents’ plea on that shameful evening to save the wildlife, their comment was ‘They can go somewhere else!’

  2. There is an attractive wooded area that used to be the old railway track from Station Road to Parkgate Lane. This was used regularly by all ages of the community including a suggested walking bus route for children at local school. Thanks to Highways vandalising, fencing off and ignoring all letters it needs ATTENTION. If local residents will help with school it would make an ideal Wildlife Highway benefitting entire community both fit and starting out, also part of national idea!!

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