The new blueprint for Helmsley which will determine future housing and employment areas for the next 15 years, has won the backing of Ryedale District Council and North York Moors National Park Authority – the two authorities responsible for planning in the historic picture-postcard market town.
Cllr Jim Bailey, chairman of the Park and a member of the council told his Ryedale colleagues last week: “The Helmsley Plan is a common sense approach for the future of Helmsley. It provides an excellent core strategy.”
He was backed by Cllr Steve Arnold who said the plan is “good for Helmsley’s future.”
The draft plan, which will cover the next 15 years, will now go out for public consultation.
Gary Housden, the council’s head of planning, said: “There are various constraints which limit growth in the parts of the town falling in the district council’s planning area.”
He added that the plan includes policies and land allocations to manage growth and development needs over the coming years. One of the aims of the plan, said Mr Housden, is to allocate appropriate sites for new development. He said five sites had been earmarked for homes which will accommodate some 210 properties. In addition just under two hectares of land has been highlighted to create areas for businesses to provide employment.