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Paul Wilkinson
Saturday, December 10, 2011 11:54
Thompson's Field - planning application submitted

Application number: 66/2011/12210

Proposal: Outline Planning Application For The Erection Of 54 No. Dwellings (Maximum), A Car Parking Area, Landscaped Riverside Walk, Wild Flower Meadow And Structural Planting.

Location: Land To The West Of Holme Lane, Sutton in Craven.

Plans are available to view at the Council Offices and should shortly appear online at

Any comments of a planning nature should be made BEFORE 6th January 2012 by email to:

or in writing to:

Mark Moore
Principal Planning Officer
Craven District Council
Development Control Services
1 Belle Vue Square
Broughton Road
BD23 1FJ

Paul Wilkinson
Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:13
You can view details of the application here
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:56
The Parish Council has arranged an Extra-ordinary General Meeting to discuss this application at 7pm on Friday 6th January 2012 in the Village Hall.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, more details on the events page.
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, April 12, 2012 22:15
I don't know what's going on with this planning application. The consultation period has been extended AGAIN, it's now set to end on 10 May 2012 and a batch of new documents has been added to the CDC online planning site today (see link above). It also shows the Decision Level as DELEGATED rather than Planning Committee.
Liz Kildunne
Friday, April 13, 2012 14:44
Hi Paul - I looked at one relating to Green Lane previously and it said delegated, however, when I e-mailed the planning department they advised it was definitely going to Committee. Can I suggest you email them to check. I wouldn't have thought something as serious as this would not be heard at the highest level. Best Wishes, Liz
Friday, April 13, 2012 17:45
The information I have received is that there are some issues with affordable housing which have resulted in changes to the layout. Amended plans and supporting information have been received by Craven District Council (10th April) and I have been told they will be re-consulting advertising etc. This will require a further 21 days (plus whatever time is necessary for press notices and site notices).
Liz Kildunne
Sunday, September 9, 2012 08:07
Does anyone know what is going on with this? Its gone awfully quiet.....
Stephen Bielby
Sutton in Craven
Monday, September 10, 2012 18:38
I drove past on my way home from work today. Worryingly there are some metal fences piled up in groups. I think something maybe about to start.
Paul Wilkinson
Monday, September 10, 2012 21:27
As far as I can tell the planning application has still not been determined. My thoughts are that the land is protected by Saved Policy BE3 (we know that, CDC knows it and knows that we know it), and they are stalling until legislation changes and there's a new build free for all.
Sylvia Dowgill
Friday, September 14, 2012 09:36
I agree Stephen , very worrying looked like they were doing some sort of tests....Parish Council any thoughts?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 18:09


AT 1:30PM
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, September 27, 2012 08:40
On a Wednesday afternoon??? You've got to question the decision making process in CDC's planning department, arranging a public meeting at a time when the majority of people (the ones who PAY THEIR WAGES) will be at work. Or is it by design?
Nikki Barrett
Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:48
I agree Paul - maybe we as a village need to pressure these 'people' into changing the time so the people who work can attend? Very crafty of them I think!!!
Liz Kildunne
Thursday, September 27, 2012 15:45
This is absolutely ridiculous. Agree with Nikki - Denise, is there anything that the Parish Council can do to get CDC to change the meeting to an evening. I could contact our MP and see if he can persuade them that its not exactly very democratic...... Thoughts anyone?
Thursday, September 27, 2012 16:27
Please refer to the following link - Page 2 "Dealing with Planning Applications - Committee Procedure"

Public Participation Planning

Enquiries are being made into the time of the meeting.

I will keep you informed of any progress.
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, September 27, 2012 16:30
Great idea Liz, our MP might even like to attend the meeting - he did, after all, describe the area as 'jaw-droppingly beautiful' to the Daily Mail journalist working on a story about our plight.
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, September 27, 2012 17:44
What type of meeting is it - a public consultation or a meeting of the planning committee to determine the application? Or something else?
Thursday, September 27, 2012 18:22
It's a planning meeting to determine the application.

After the officer has spoken, the Chairman will ask if anybody representing the parish council, objector or applicant wishes to address the meeting. If so they will be asked to speak in that order.

The Parish council, one objector (representing all objectors where there are more than one) and applicants will each be allowed up to 5 minutes to address the Committee.
Liz Kildunne
Thursday, September 27, 2012 20:00
I'll contact Julian now. This is a disgrace. When were they going to let us know? I haven't had a letter, and I objected to the original application.......just like they haven't contacted everyone on the LDF database about the work and decisions they've made on that. Yes, I know the PC will have been consulted, but the whole furorer (spelling, sorry!) during the Leeds City Growth fiasco was the lack of consultation. Makes my blood boil. No chance of getting time off either :-(
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, September 27, 2012 21:16
I still don't see how the planning committee can approve the application when the land is protected by policy BE3 of the Saved Local Plan.

More recently, a report by Edge Analytics (commissioned by CDC) shows that the RSS figure of 250 dwellings per year was a complete pie in the sky number and the actual annual requirement between 2001 and 2011 was for less than 65 new dwellings per year. Given that around 200 per year have been built then Craven has a very substantial new build credit!

The report can be downloaded from this page...

Craven District: Population estimates and projections

David Walsh
Saturday, September 29, 2012 14:56
The new planning law has some serious flaws. Also, the "Localism" Act does not appear to mean localism.
In Skipton, three recent appeals have all gone against CDC, in part because local opinion is given no weight in planning matters.
I hope that your efforts are rewarded, but the recent track record of planning appeals does not encourage optimism.
We have launched an e-petition ( ) to secure a debate in parliament to change planning policy. For one group, this would be an impossible task, but if all the small groups can co-ordinate their efforts, it becomes possible. There must be hundreds of groups like ours across the country, with similar issues.
If you agree, please sign the petition, and pass it on using all means to hand. Also write to your MP advising that you expect his support.
We now have a site at to cross reference groups and documents across England. If you have a local site that I have not located, that you would like our site to link to, please let me know.
In the meantime, you have my best wishes in your endeavours.
Paul Wilkinson
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:48
I've received the following from Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council:


At the Planning Committee meeting for Thompsonís Field the Parish Council, objector and applicants will be allowed five minutes each to address the Planning Committee.

On some occasions at the Chairman's discretion two objectors are allowed to speak.

If any members of the public have any additional objections and are willing to speak as an objector please could you attend the meeting which is being held on the 15th October at 7.00pm at the Community Centre on North Street.

Paul Wilkinson
Friday, October 12, 2012 16:13
The Craven Herald reports that the spatial planning sub-committee meeting last Monday agreed to a target of 160 new dwellings per annum for Craven (outside the National Park) - an improvement from the previous 250 but still way over the figure of 65 in the report commissioned by the spatial planning sub-committee earlier this year.

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