North Yorkshire Local Access Forum


22 May 2024


Secretary’s Update Report


1.0     Purpose of the Report


1.1     To update members of the Local Access Forum on developments since the last meeting of NYLAF.


2.0     Local Development Plans


2.1     One of the key areas of involvement for the Forum is to ensure appropriate engagement in the preparation of Local Development Plans. Set out in the table below is a summary of the current position in relation to the new Council, and in relation to the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan.




North Yorkshire Council

The development plan, made up of local plan and neighbourhood plan policies, is at the heart of the planning system. Legally, decisions on planning applications and other development proposals must be considered against this plan, together with other material considerations such as national planning guidance, supplementary planning documents and development briefs.

North Yorkshire Council is required to prepare and adopt a new local plan by 1 April 2028, which will replace the existing local plans of the former councils.

The North Yorkshire Local Plan will set out where development will take place across the county over the next 15 to 20 years. It will also set out policies and strategies that planning applications will be considered against. This does not include the two national parks which have their own development plans. Until it is adopted, existing plans and policies listed in the consolidated planning policy framework will apply.  For further information see: Consolidated planning policy framework and schedule of evidence | North Yorkshire Council


Minerals and

Waste Joint


North Yorkshire County Council adopted the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan at a Full Council meeting in February 2022. An  adoption statement (pdf / 436 KB) was issued under Regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended). The North York Moors National Park Authority adopted the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan in March 2022, and the City of York Council adopted the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan in April 2022.

The Adopted Minerals and Waste Joint Plan and accompanying documents can be viewed in the Examination Library at: Minerals and waste joint plan examination | North Yorkshire Council,



3.0     Discretionary Restriction Notices


3.1     There has been one notification received of discretionary ‘28 day’ restrictions under Section 22 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and two notices of discretionary dog restrictions, since the last Forum meeting.


4.0     Report Recommendations


4.1     The Local Access Forum is recommended to note the report:




Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)



Report Author:   Dawn Drury, Secretary to North Yorkshire Local Access Forum