the ryedale plan

The Ryedale Local Plan was adopted in March 2002 and contained a range of planning policies.

Most of these policies have now been superseded by the adoption of the Local Plan Strategy.

Saved Policies

The following elements of the Ryedale Local Plan remain as part of the Development Plan:

  • The adopted proposals maps for the district and towns (except for Helmsley, where the policies map is in the adopted Helmsley Plan).
  • The villages insert maps

The following 'saved' local plan policies:

  • H3 Housing Allocation, Whitfield Avenue, Pickering
  • H5 Housing Allocation, Feversham Drive, Kirkbymoorside
  • H6 Residential Allocations in the Villages
  • EMP2 Industrial/Business Development Allocation, Norton Grove Industrial Estate
  • EMP3 Industrial/Business Development Allocation, East of Thornton Road Industrial Estate, Pickering
  • EMP4 Industrial/Business Development Allocation, Kirkby Mills
  • EMP7 Allocations for the Expansion of Existing Major Employers
  • EMP14 Central Science Laboratory
  • EMP15 North Yorkshire Power Project, East Knapton
  • TM6 Tourist Attractions Policy TM6 Tourist Attractions 159k 2 pages PDF

These are all available electronically on the the Ryedale Local Plan.

  • EMP5 Industrial/Business Development Allocation, Helmsley - Has now been superseeded by the adoption of the Helmsley Plan.

This is our name for Ryedale District Council’s ‘Development Plan’. The ‘Development Plan’ is the legal title for planning policies which the District Council apply, as the Local Planning Authority, to make decisions on Planning Applications, Advertisement Consents and Listed Building Consents.

Ryedale District is split in planning jurisdiction between the District Council, and the North York Moors National Park. For advice about planning matters in the National Park please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01439 772700. They are based at Helmsley.
Matters concerning minerals and waste planning applications are assessed by North Yorkshire County Council.

Part of the western area of Ryedale is within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The District Council are the decision maker in dealing with planning applications, but the Howardian Hills Manager is a consultee. The activities of the AONB Team and the Management Plan, which is reviewed every five years, can be found on the Howardian Hills AONB website.

The Adopted Development Plan:

This is made up of the following Documents:

Ryedale Plan- Local Plan Strategy (adopted September 2013) it sets out how much new housing, employment and retail development should go where to 2027. It also guides other forms of development as well as protecting key Ryedale assets such as environmental and historic assets.
Helmsley Plan (Adopted July 2015) was produced in conjunction with the National Park and provides the site specific policies and allocations for the whole town of Helmsley.
Ryedale Local Plan (adopted 2002) provides site –specific policies including Development Limits.
Saved Policies of Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy concerning the City of York Green Belt, only a small part of Southern Ryedale is in the York Green Belt:
The Yorkshire and Humber Plan Regional Spatial Strategy to 2026 (PDF, 225 pages, 2633kb)
The Regional Strategy for Yorkshire and Humber (Partial Revocation) Order 2013 (PDF, 2 pages, 50kb)

Malton Food Enterprise Zone – this is a Local Development Order, which identifies certain forms of development which can take place without needing planning permission. Associated with this is a Design Guide

The Emerging Development Plan:
We are preparing the second stage of the Ryedale Plan- known as the Ryedale Plan- Local Plan Sites Document. Once adopted it will replace the 2002 Ryedale Local Plan. The Local Plan Sites Document will make site specific policies and identify areas of land for specific uses, known as ‘allocations’. These will be shown on the Policies Map.

We have, as of the 29 March 2018, submitted the Plan and Policies Map for Independent Scrutiny by a Planning Inspector, on behalf of the Secretary of State. Only if it is found ‘sound’ will the Council be able to adopt the Plan. For the production of those policy documents please click here

4 February 2019 - We are conducting a Main Modifications Consultation between 4 February 2019 and 5pm on 18 March 2019. For how to respond to this consultation please click here. Consultation now closed

Supporting Documents and Evidence:
The Local Planning Authority has a number of Supplementary Planning Documents .These are not part of the Development Plan, but are produced to support specific policies in the Development Plan. They are capable of being a material consideration.
The Development Plan is produced with a suite of supporting documents and evidence
Local Development Scheme (LDS) - three-year rolling work programme for planning policy production
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) – sets out how we will consult in the planning process
Monitoring Reports – report on an annual basis of the performance of planning policies measured through determination of planning applications
Evidence – a range of strategies and technical reports which inform Planning Policy and the monitoring of housing land supply

Please click on the following to go to web pages for:
Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding include Self-Build Register. This is a register of people/groups who are interested in building their own home within the District. The resulting information provides the Council with an indication of the amount of land required to meet this need, and informs future planning policy.
Community Infrastructure Levy – a charge applied to certain forms of development (market housing and certain types of retail development) which is collected to pay for important infrastructure projects around the District.


Submission of Local Plan Sites Document and Policies Map - 29 March 2018

The Local Plan Sites Document and accompanying Policies Map have now been submitted for independent scrutiny by a Planning Inspector appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State. The submission documents and supporting documents can be viewed on the the Examination page.

The Publication of Local Plan Sites Document and Policies Map page will be kept up to date with information about the Examination process as it becomes available.


Site Selection Methodology - Site Assessment

The Council has now finalised the Site Selection Methodology (SSM) which is intended to inform the selection of sites for allocation through the Local Plan Sites and Helmsley Plan Development Plan Documents. This is an objective assessment based on securing development which best meets the objectives of the Ryedale Plan and associated Sustainability Appraisal objectives, and in the case of Helmsley the Objectives of the North York Moors National Park Core Strategy and Sustainability Appraisal. It is a tool for Officers to objectively assess sites submitted to the Council to enable informed choices to be made on the selection of sites.

Site Selection Methodology (PDF, 50 pages, 308kb)


Land Submissions
There is below a list of the sites which have been submitted to the council for consideration. We are unable to consider new sites for the Local Plan Sites Document but you can still submit sites for the preparation of a future Local Plan.
Where land owners have asked that a site be discontinued they are listed as "Discontinued Site".

Please note that since the Helmsley Plan is adopted, the submitted sites for Helmsley are no longer displayed. Please refer to The Helmsley Plan was adopted in July 2015 (PDF, 72 pages, 2192kb)

 What is the Helmsley Plan?

The Helmsley Plan guides development in the parish of Helmsley. It identifies and allocates land for new housing and employment, together with a suite of other policies to guide development in Helmsley. The Helmsley Plan is in accordance with Ryedale's Local Plan Strategy and the North York Moors National Park's Core Strategy and Development Policies DPD. The Helmsley Plan has been prepared jointly with the North York Moors National Park, as the planning responsibility for Helmsley is split between the two authorities.

The Helmsley Plan was adopted in July 2015 (PDF, 72 pages, 2192kb)