Council planners in rural development hot-spot to target enforcement

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 6 May 2015

Pickering market place

A council on the edge of the North York Moors is expanding its enforcement capabilities to cope with increasing development pressures. 

Ryedale District Council, on the cusp of the North York Moors national park and near the Yorkshire wolds and the Scarborough coastline, is planning for the construction 3,000 homes by 2027.

Head of planning and housing Gary Housden told Planning: "This is one of he biggest districts in the region in terms of land area but there are only 53,000 people.

"We have two growth areas between York and Scarborough, Castle Howard area of outstanding natural beauty and market towns picture-postcard stone cottages such as Pickering". (pictured)

The council is looking to recruit a development management officer for enforcement to help ensure high-quality design and protection of the district's heritage.

"There are many very attractive areas, hence the need for a strong focus on enforcement, which has struggled in the past, as it's often not seen as the most attractive aspect of planning.

"This new post aims to help us further mainstream enforcement in development management and the new person will deal with applications, hearings, appeals, public inquiries and enforcement."

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