Previous consultations

View the results of previous consultations and details of next steps.

Consultations from 2018

This consultation closed on 4 June 2018.


A major consultation has been launched on what the North Yorkshire Archives service of the future would look like.

Currently the county archives are housed in the County Record Office at Northallerton in a building that is in need of a complete overhaul so that it can continue to maintain important and irreplaceable documents in a secure and controlled environment. Some of the documents held are centuries old and provide a unique insight into 800 years of North Yorkshire’s history.

The archives service needs to ensure that in consulting on its future provision, it makes as many links as it can to the wider heritage offer available across the county through the wealth of established heritage groups and providers.

The service is also keen to take advantage of the greater access opportunities offered by improved broadband coverage across the county, by allowing online digital access to the service and its unique collections. The archivesd service wants to know what its partners, users and non-users would like to see provided by a digital age record office. It is also wishes to learn from the many dedicated enthusiastic heritage groups and volunteers how it can better support their needs in preserving the heritage of local communities.

Cllr Greg White, Executive Member for the Archives service says:

“I want to ensure that North Yorkshire County Council is providing the best possible place where our unique and historic collection can be preserved for use by generations to come. For this reason we need to use this opportunity to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate in this consultation and to let us know what they would like to see delivered from the record office in the future; particularly what types of activity they would be interested in getting involved in."

This consultation closed on 19 April 2018.


These proposals follow discussions with the regional school’s commissioner and the Diocese of Leeds. We consider the closure necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school because of concerns about standards of teaching and learning and related concerns about low pupil numbers and the school’s financial position.

This decision has not been reached lightly, and not before alternatives have been considered, such as collaborating and amalgamating with other schools to make sure that good standards of teaching and learning will be available for all pupils.

Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to close Burnt Yates Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School, Burnt Yates, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3EJ on 31 August 2018.

Notice documents

The executive members for schools and children’s services at their meeting with the corporate director - children and young people’s service on 22 May determined: 

  1. To cease to maintain Burnt Yates Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School with effect from 31 August 2018; and
  2. To extend the catchment area of Ripley Endowed CE VC Primary School and Bishop Thornton CE VC Primary School with effect from 1 September 2018 to jointly serve the area currently served by Burnt Yates CE VA Primary School.

This consultation closed on 2 April 2018.


We have a statutory responsibility to provide travel assistance, from home to school, for eligible children and we are proposing to consult on the discretionary areas of our current transport policy, and how we provide travel assistance.

Recent increases in both the numbers of SEND pupils requiring transport and increases in the distances that they travel, have led to a rise in costs. Based on current trends, this will reach an annual cost of £30m by 2025. The budget for providing home to school transport for pupils with special educational needs or disability is £5m.

Information on transport for SEND children and young people, including our current policy, is available here.

Consultation documents

You can request this information in another language or format here.

This consultation closed on 19 February 2018.


We held an extensive engagement exercise between August and October 2017, which explored what people felt was working well with mental health services and support in North Yorkshire, and how this might be improved.

Findings from the engagement have helped inform the development of proposals for how third sector organisations will be commissioned to deliver mental health support on behalf of the council in future.

We would now like to know whether people feel that we have correctly reflected the messages we have heard and hear people’s views on how we can make best use of the available investment to support people with mental health issues in North Yorkshire.

We are particularly interested in hearing from those people who currently use local adult mental health services, or have experience of using them. We are also interested in hearing from family members and carers of people who have mental health issues, people who work for organisations that deliver mental health services and local authority and NHS staff.

Consultation documents

You can request this information in another language or format here.

You can read more details about the adult social care mental health services review on the North Yorkshire Partnerships website here.

This consultation closed on 18 February 2018.


A consultation on proposals for the use of special provision capital funding from the Department for Education.

North Yorkshire County Council will receive funding to increase the number of places and improve facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) who have education, health and care plans.

The total amount of special provision capital funding is £500,000 which has been allocated to North Yorkshire over three years. There are specific guidelines from the Department for Education on how we can use the funding.

We would like to thank everyone who has shared their time and thoughts on our proposals, there have been a number of helpful comments and suggestions which will be taken into account.

You can  read the outcomes of the consultation responses here (pdf / 410 KB).

Consultation documents

You can request this information in another language or format here.

This consultation closed on 2 February 2018.


The county council has taken into account the outcome of the consultation but has made the difficult decision to withdraw this financial support for people that do not currently have eligible social care needs. We would rather not have to make these changes but we face considerable challenges and difficult decisions on spending and providing services. Provision of this financial support is discretionary and, if we didn’t do this, then the county council would have to find savings in other ways.  

We are putting in place the two suggestions that people told us would make this change easier to manage. These are:

  1. People in receipt of financial assistance as at 31 March 2018. The financial support will not be withdrawn until 30 September 2018 and we will continue to pay the housing support provider directly as we do now. After 30 September 2018, the payments towards this housing support will stop.
  2. We will contact everyone affected by this, including anyone awaiting a financial assessment as at 31 March 2018, to offer a full welfare benefits check and will help people to claim any benefits to which they may be entitled.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 15 January 2018.


We are particularly interested in hearing from voluntary and community sector organisations who provide wellbeing and prevention support or would like to in the future. We would also like to hear from people who use wellbeing and prevention services and support (both those that receive funding from North Yorkshire County Council and those which may be funded by other sources) or who may be likely to use services or support in the future, as well as from family members and carers of those who use services or support.

Consultation documents

You can read more details about the review of wellbeing and prevention services on the North Yorkshire Partnerships website here.

This consultation is closed.


As a result of the information available from the Chancellor’s budget, we estimate there is little to change the plans we made about the level of Government funding in the council’s medium term financial strategy.

We will have saved a total of over £170m over the decade by 2019-10, which represents a reduction of 34 per cent in the council’s spending power. We knew we had to save a further £43m from our revenue budget by 2019-20 and we had plans for £33m, leaving a savings gap of £10m. We now think that gap is likely to be higher. This is as a result of increases in inflation and increases in demand for:

  • services for children with special educational needs; and
  • adult social care.

We are now having to consider some very tough decisions about savings, which will include our frontline services. The vast majority of savings so far have come from back office and administration, staff and management posts, procurement changes and other general efficiencies. This is no longer possible.

We will continue to prioritise spending in all areas that deal with vulnerable people, both young and old, but the demands on an increasingly stretched budget continue to grow. More than a quarter of the county’s adult population is over 65 and 13.5 per cent are aged over 85. The need to support for older people is projected to increase dramatically in future years.

The council continues to need to invest in priority areas, including roads, broadband, giving a good start to all young people and to support the elderly and vulnerable. 

More information on our budget and how we spend it is available on our spending pages.

This consultation is closed.


We are currently consulting on behalf of the following own admission authority schools on their admission arrangements for 2019 to 2020:

Voluntary aided schools

School Deadline for comments
 Egton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School (pdf / 59 KB) 11 January 2018
 Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England VA Primary School (pdf / 538 KB) 11 January 2018
 St Hilda's Roman Catholic Primary School, Whitby (pdf / 251 KB) 26 January 2018
 Ermysted's Grammar School, Skipton - Sixth Form (pdf / 497 KB) 26 January 2018
 Marton-cum-Grafton Church of England VA Primary School (pdf / 176 KB) 6 February 2018

Academy schools

School Deadline for comments
 Scalby School, Scarborough (pdf / 445 KB) 11 January 2018
 St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate (pdf / 232 KB) 20 January 2018

Consultations from 2017

This consultation closed on 31 October 2017.


The supporting information can still be viewed here, but you can no longer submit comments.

This consultation closed on 4 December 2017. 


In accordance with our statutory legal duty, we are consulting on proposed school admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2019 to 2020.

Voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies

Admission arrangements for voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools, university technical colleges, free schools and academies is a matter for the schools’ governing bodies as the admission authority for the school. Any comments relating to these schools should be addressed directly to the school in question. Contact details can be found on the relevant school website.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 29 November 2017. 


Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council intends to make a prescribed alteration to St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Highfield Road, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7DB from 1 September 2018.

Notice documents

This consultation closed in October 2017. 


North Yorkshire County Council and NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group wish to enter into a partnership agreement to encourage greater integration and planning.

We have an agreed vision to provide a timely transformation towards an integrated approach to the provision of health care, public health and social care services in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby. The parties believe that by both coordinating and integrating their planning and commissioning activities, this will help facilitate the best use of resources to support the local resident and patient population. This approach will be developed through the joint arrangements with an agreed work plan including the joint commissioning strategy.

The partnership arrangements seeks to provide for shared planning, oversight and commissioning arrangements for the people in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby so more joined up decisions can be made by each organisation. The arrangements will include the ability to pool budgets between the council and the clinical commissioning group but will mainly concentrate on how both organisations can plan future decisions together that are centred around the individual.

The follow up report is item 10 on the executive’s meeting on 17 October.

You can view the executive report and further documents here.

You can also find out more from Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group here.

This consultation closed on 2 October 2017.


From 10 July to 2 October 2017 we asked for views about how hazardous household waste disposal services should be provided in the future.

Following the consultation and recommendations made in the 'Review of hazardous waste collection and disposal service' report, from April 2018 hazardous household waste will be accepted at all 20 household waste recycling centres in North Yorkshire, and the home collection service will cease.

Information about how to dispose of hazardous waste will be available here from April 2018.

This consultation closed on 15 September 2017.


Update

On 5 December 2017, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for schools considered a report of the corporate director - children and young people’s service providing information upon which to make a decision on these proposals.

Having undertaken the required preliminary checks and considered the advice of the assistant chief executive (legal and democratic services), the key issues listed in the report have been satisfied; for the reasons set out in the report, being standards of teaching and learning, pupil numbers and the financial position.

The executive member resolved to:

  • Cease to maintain Skipton Ings Community Primary and Nursery School with effect from 31 December 2017; and
  • To extend the catchment area of Christ Church Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School to serve the area currently served by Skipton Ings Community Primary and Nursery School with effect from 1 January 2018.

Public notice - closure of Skipton Ings school

Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to discontinue Skipton, Ings Community Primary and Nursery School, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1TE on 31 December 2017.

Consultation

A consultation on the proposal to close Skipton Ings Community Primary and Nursery School from 31 December 2017.

Following a request from the school’s governing body, we are consulting on a proposal to close the school.

It is considered that the closure is necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school because of concerns about standards of teaching and learning and related concerns about low pupil numbers and the school’s financial position.

This decision has not been reached lightly, and not before alternatives have been considered, such as collaborating with other schools.

Consultation document

Supporting documents

This consultation closed on 6 September 2017. 


North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority are producing a minerals and waste plan, to cover the period up to 31 December 2030.

Feedback on the proposed changes

Publication is an important stage in the creation of the minerals and waste joint plan. Responses provided at previous stages have been considered, along with any new evidence, and used to finalise the plan. An independent planning inspector will examine the the publication version of the plan in public. The draft plan gave those interested the opportunity to give feedback on whether they considered the plan to be 'sound' and 'legally compliant'. Feedback at this stage was only made on grounds of legal compliance or soundness and needed to be supported with evidence to show why these tests had not been met.

Following the six week consultation from November 2016 on the draft plan, a number of proposed changes were identified. As a result it is necessary to allow further feedback on legal compliance and soundness. These are presented in an addendum of proposed changes. Feedback at this stage should only relate to proposed changes. Any feedback received will be considered by an independent inspector as part of the examination.

Consultation documents

Document Details
 Minerals and waste joint plan - addendum of proposed changes to publication draft (pdf / 2 MB) Document presenting the proposed changes to the publication draft plan.
 Sustainability appraisal - addendum of proposed changes to publication draft (pdf / 4 MB) Document presenting the sustainability appraisal of the proposed changes to the publication draft plan.
 Response form - part A (docx / 484 KB) Part A of response form to be used to provide representations on the addendum of proposed changes.
 Response form - part B (docx / 72 KB) Part B of response form to be used to provide representations on the addendum of proposed changes.
 Guidance notes for response forms (pdf / 272 KB) Guidance notes to accompany response forms A and B.
 Statement of representations procedure and statement of fact (pdf / 193 KB) Details where the plan documents can be viewed and how to respond.

Supporting information for the proposed changes includes a summary of responses to the publication document, including the authorities response and a consultation statement for the publication stage. These can both be found on the minerals and waste joint plan page.

Paper copies of the addendum of proposed changes documents can be viewed at the locations listed in the statement of representations procedure.

Previous consultation

Work on the minerals and waste joint plan started in May 2013, when we sought views on what a minerals and waste plan for the area should contain. The feedback we received during this first consultation has helped us identify the issues on which the plan should focus. The next stage was to present the issues and also provide possible options for dealing with the issues identified. This took place between February and April 2014 with an additional supplementary sites consultation in spring 2015. The result of these consultations and new evidence were used to produce a preferred options consultation which included preferred sites and this consultation took place between November 2015 and January 2016. Following this a publication draft plan was produced and consulted upon between November and December 2016. The previous consultation documents, including a summary of the responses we received can be found on the minerals and waste joint plan page.

If you would like to view previous consultations, supporting information and evidence documents please visit the minerals and waste joint plan page.

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This consultation closed on 7 August 2017.


We intend to introduce a permit scheme to control works on our road network. As part of the process to do this, we are required to consult on the scheme with activity promoters (utility companies and the Highway Authority), and apparatus owners under Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) as well as any other interested stakeholders.

The purpose of the consultation is to seek views and questions from those affected by the introduction of a permit scheme and other interested parties. From these responses, we will consider whether any changes are required to the permit scheme, or whether clarification of the scope or operation of the scheme is required.

The actual permit scheme has to be compliant to many different references, such as statutory instruments, regulations, codes of practice and statutory guidance, so we are very limited in changes that can be applied to the scope of the permit scheme.

Consultation document

Supporting documents

Consultation report

This consultation closed on 21 July 2017.


Notice is given in accordance with section 15(2) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that the Governing Body of Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School intends to discontinue Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Ingleby Arncliffe, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3NA on 31 December 2017.

Consultation document

This consultation closed on 21 July 2017.


Notice is given in accordance with section 15(2) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that the Governing Body of Swainby & Potto Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School intends to discontinue Swainby and Potto Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Claver Close, Swainby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3DH on 31 December 2017.

Consultation document

This consultation closed on 20 July 2017.


Notice is hereby given in accordance with the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD is proposing to make a prescribed alteration to Great Ouseburn Community Primary School, Main Street, Great Ouseburn, York, YO26 9RG by lowering its age range from 4-11 to 3-11 with effect from 1 September 2017.

The Governing Body have been working closely with a local playgroup to try to find a solution to the lack of available, qualified staff. Unfortunately, to date, this has not been possible and the playgroup may now be facing closure. Governors would like to be able to offer continuity of provision at the school to meet the needs of local parents and children. Currently the youngest children that the school can admit are in the reception class. In order to take younger children into the proposed new 'foundation stage' class, the age range for the school must be lowered from 4-11year olds, to 3-11 year olds.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 30 June 2017.


Notice is hereby given in accordance with the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD is proposing to make a prescribed alteration to Stakesby Community Primary School, Byland Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1HY by lowering its age range from 3-11 to 2-11 with effect from 1 September 2017.

A private nursery has been successfully providing high quality provision for two year olds on the school site since 2014. This provision will transfer across to become part of the school from September 2017. This will bring it under school leadership and governance and enable continuity of high quality provision for the youngest learners within the community.

Consultation document

This consultation closed on 23 June 2017.


We plan to publish a new carers strategy in the summer which focuses on the health and wellbeing of carers. It will be an all-ages strategy, aimed at supporting carers to both continue caring and to have a life of their own.

The strategy will last from 2017 to 2022 and has been produced by the health and wellbeing board for North Yorkshire, working on behalf of local residents.

Three in five of us will be a carer at some point and almost everyone will know a family member, friend or colleague who is currently a carer.

With the help of carers and other organisations we've been finding out what's working, what needs to change and how we can do that in partnership.

As a result of this engagement with carers and partners over the last 12 months we have proposed a number of themes for the draft strategy. These are:

  • improving identification of carers;
  • improving information and advice;
  • enabling carers to take a break;
  • improving carers health and wellbeing;
  • enhancing financial wellbeing; and
  • involving carers as experts.

Consultation documents

Supporting documents

If you need further information about the strategy or have any questions please email HASconsultation@northyorks.gov.uk.

This consultation closed on 23 June 2017.


We are entering into a period of consultation and we need your help. Your views and experiences are important to our development of the dementia strategy and action plan.

It is essential we gather the opinions of:

  • people living with dementia;
  • families, friends and carers of people living with dementia;
  • health and social care professionals working with people living with dementia; and
  • the wider community.

Consultation documents

Please consider any of the following versions of the dementia strategy when completing the short survey, which should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

This consultation closed on 20 June 2017.


We have a contractual commitment to review fee levels with our social care providers on an annual basis. In previous years, we have approached this in different ways, ranging from a flat rate percentage increase to a fixed-rate uplift subject to financial review and on occasion no uplift has been agreed. We always have an obligation to take account of the market pressures and to consult with providers on fee levels. From April 2015 we have had new statutory responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 to shape and sustain our markets.

The position for 2017-18 is further complicated as some relevant provider lists are in the process of being renewed.

We are therefore consulting with social care providers to agree increases for the financial year 2017-18 and to agree a formula for increases up to 2020.

Organisations who have a contract following a procurement exercise are excluded from the consultation as their contract will have agreed expectations in respect of annual uplifts.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017.


A consultation on a proposal to close Ingleby Arncliffe primary school.

The governing body of Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England voluntary aided primary school has decided to consult on a proposal to close the school with effect from 31 December 2017.

The Governors have worked closely with officers from the Diocese of York and North Yorkshire County Council. They consider the closure is necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017.


A consultation on a proposal to close Swainby and Potto primary school

The governing body of Swainby and Potto Church of England voluntary aided primary school has decided to consult on a proposal to close the school with effect from 31 December 2017.

The Governors have worked closely with officers from the Diocese of York and North Yorkshire County Council. They consider the closure is necessary to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the school.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 4 June 2017.


A consultation on proposed partnership with Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

North Yorkshire County Council and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group wish to enter into a partnership agreement to encourage greater integration and planning. We have an agreed vision to provide a timely transformation towards an integrated approach to the provision of health care, public health and social care services in Ryedale and Scarborough. The parties believe that by both coordinating and integrating their planning and commissioning activities will help facilitate the best use of resources to support the local resident and patient population. This approach will be developed through the joint arrangements with an agreed work plan including the joint commissioning strategy.

The partnership arrangements seeks to provide for shared planning, oversight and commissioning arrangements for the people in Scarborough and Ryedale so more joint up decisions can be made by each organisation. The arrangements will include the ability to pool budgets between the council and the clinical commissioning group but will mainly concentrate on how both organisations can plan future decisions together that are centred around the individual.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 24 March 2017.


The Governing Body of Rathmell Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School agreed on 3 April 2017 to publish statutory proposals and notices on 11 May 2017 proposing that Rathmell Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School should close with effect from 31 August 2017.

On 13 June 2017, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for schools approved proposals:

  • To close Rathmell CE VA Primary School from 31 August 2017; and
  • To extend the catchment area of Long Preston Endowed Church of England Primary School from 1 September 2017 to serve the area currently served by Rathmell.

Statutory notice

The statutory notice on the proposal to close the school has now been published.

Within four weeks from 11 May 2017, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Corporate Director - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AE, by 5pm on 8 June 2017.

It is proposed that the school should close with effect from 31 August 2017 and that the catchment area of another local school will be extended to include the current Rathmell School catchment area.

This change would take place from 31 August 2017.

The governing body has not reached the decision to initiate consultation lightly, but rather it follows much deliberation and exploring of the range of possibilities.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 19 March 2017.


We are consulting on a proposal to change the way we prioritise management and maintenance of public rights of way within North Yorkshire, excluding those managed on our behalf by The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Public rights of way are footpaths, bridleways and other routes that everyone can use without needing permission from landowners.

At over 6,000 km, our public rights of way network is one of the longest in the country. One of our key objectives is to make sure this important asset is safe and usable for both residents and visitors. A detailed map and other information about the public rights of way network in North Yorkshire can be found here.

In an average year, customers will report 3,000 defects, such as a broken stile or a fallen tree. Maintenance of the network is arranged by a small team of officers with support from landowners, contractors and a dedicated group of countryside volunteers.

We have had to reduce our spending by around 35 per cent over recent years and this has affected all council services, including public rights of way. As a consequence we are now looking at ways to continue managing the public rights of way network with less money.

Network categorisation

The purpose of this consultation is to ask people for their views on a new approach to categorising the public rights of way network. Doing so will allow us to focus routine maintenance in areas where paths are agreed as being more important or better used. The category of a route will also help us to plan how we respond to defects that we find or are reported to us.

We will manage the network based on sections of the paths or 'links'. We will then assign a route category as follows.

  • Each link will have a score for the key characteristic of the path. Example characteristics are safe routes to schools and paths in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Each link will also have a score based on an assessment of the value placed on the link by the local community.
  • We will categorise each link based on the combination of characteristic and community value scores.
  • We will map the category banding of all routes and publish this on our website.

We have taken this approach because we think that:

  1. It is a transparent approach to assessing the entire network; and
  2. The inclusion of community value will help focus attention and resource onto parts of the network that will provide greatest benefit and value to local communities.

Measuring the value that different communities place on different routes is intended to make sure that we focus resources and effort onto paths that benefit users and local communities the most. However, it is difficult to define and measure community value, so we intend to implement our approach initially based on path characteristics alone. An important part of this consultation is to gather views over how best to measure community value in future.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed on 16 March 2017.


Elected members of the county council's executive met on 31 January 2017 and considered the outcomes of the public consultation. Following careful consideration, they agreed to publish statutory proposals to close the school from 31 August 2017.

The statutory proposals were published on 16 February 2017 to run to 16 March 2017, with a final decision being made by the executive on 28 March 2017.

The statutory proposals provide four weeks for representations to be made to the council, by 16 March 2017. The final decision was taken by the executive at their meeting on 28 March 2017.

Proposal documents

This consultation closed on 20 February 2017.


The governing body of Swainby and Potto Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is consulting on a proposal for the creation of a single Church of England voluntary aided primary school to serve the Ingleby Arncliffe and Swainby and Potto areas.

It is proposed that a single Voluntary Aided Church of England primary school, serving children aged 4-11, would be created by the retention of Ingleby Arncliffe Church of England VA Primary School and the associated technical closure of Swainby and Potto Church of England VA Primary School. The single primary school would operate on the existing Ingleby Arncliffe school site and serve the two catchment areas currently served by both Swainby and Potto and Ingleby Arncliffe Primary Schools.

In order to maintain the historical link between the schools and the Diocese of York, the single school would retain its status as a Voluntary Aided Church of England school. This would allow the Church to continue to appoint foundation governors to the governing body and the governing body to employ staff.

The proposed name for the single school is the "Mount Grace Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School".

This change would take place from 31 August 2017 when Swainby and Potto would close as a separate school.

The amalgamated school would have a single governing body, head teacher and staff group. It would be subject to a single Ofsted inspection and would receive a single budget.

The Governing Body has not reached the decision to initiate consultation lightly and has already considered a number of alternatives. They have reached the conclusion that bringing together the two schools would be the best way to secure the interests of current and future pupils from the schools because pupil numbers.

Consultation documents

You can view the proposal in the consultation document below.

This consultation closed on 10 February 2017.


Bond End was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in 2013. Since then North Yorkshire County Council and its partners have been pressing ahead with plans to improve the situation. We have been working with Harrogate Borough Council towards achievable solutions and used specialist consultants Mouchel to undertake detailed traffic and environmental modelling work.

The Bond End steering group consisting of representatives of the county, district and town councils was set up and the borough council has already secured a successful £237,000 bid to the Government's Clean Bus Technology Fund in partnership with local bus company Transdev, for buses operating between Harrogate and Knaresborough which go through the Bond End junction. The fund will pay for modifications on buses to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by at least 50 per cent.

A traffic signal improvement is one of a number of measures proposed by Harrogate Borough Council's Bond End action plan. Other measures involving directional signs, planning policy, reducing emissions of the borough council fleet, improving cycle routes and implementing methods for smarter travel choices.

Consultation documents

This consultation closed in Feburary 2017.


We gathered your feedback on the strategy through engagement sessions around the county with our customers, visitors and partner organisations.

We have reviewed all the feedback and have tried to apply the common themes that we received, including what the strategy aims to achieve, how it looks and feels, and the way it is written.

As a result, we have created a newer version of the customer strategy and would, once more, appreciate it if you could look at this version and give us some feedback using the survey below. This will mean we can finalise the strategy and keep you informed on how we are improving the ways we provide our services to North Yorkshire.

Customer strategy survey

We would like to thank you, once again, for the time and effort you have given in helping to shape our vision. It has been a pleasure being able to engage with our customers and confirm we are on the right path.

This consultation closed in January 2017. 


We have accepted the government's four-year financial settlement. The settlement is very challenging given that it represents the phased removal of the government's revenue support grant by 2020.

However, it also offers a degree of certainty and the opportunity for contingency planning during a period of extreme uncertainty. Given the national and global economic environment including the impact of Brexit, the offer will form part of the council's prudent financial management and plan to maintain sensible levels of reserves as a buffer against unforeseen events.

We are consulting on our budget for 2017-18 and as part of that consultation would like to hear from you.

Our long-term plan is to increase council tax by 3.99 per cent for each of the next three years. Two per cent of this will go towards adult social care. Most of this increase will be required to cover the government's announced increase in the national living wage, the rest will be used to fund the increasing demand. In 2015-16 we supported 7,297 older people in North Yorkshire who need long-term help with their care and support (e.g. support in dressing and eating). Currently over 40 per cent of our budget, some £136m, goes on adult social care.

The 1.99 per cent increase in council tax is more than offset by the further reduction in government grants from £59m to zero by 2020. Without this increase there will therefore be a further £5m of savings required in 2017-18 alone.

More information on our budget and how we spend it is available on our spending pages.

Consultations from 2016

This consultation closed on 21 October 2016.


The county council’s executive agreed to publish statutory proposals and notices on 5 January 2017 proposing that Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School should close.

Decision

On 21 February, the county council's executive considered a report containing the responses to the statutory proposals. They approved proposals:

  • To close Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School from 31 August 2017.
  • To extend the catchment area of Austwick Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School from 1 September 2017 to serve the area currently served by Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School.

Update - appeal and decision

An appeal against the decision to cease to maintain Horton-in-Ribblesdale CE (VA) Primary School was referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

On 28 June 2017 the Schools Adjudicator approved the proposal that Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School should close from 31 August 2017.

The schools adjudicator's decision is available to read here.

See information about the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

Original statutory proposals

The original statutory proposals published by North Yorkshire County Council's executive are:

Original consultation details

The governing body of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has consulted on a proposal to close the school.

Consultation document

Q and A document

Background papers

This consultation closed on 26 August 2016.


We are developing a healthy weight, healthy lives strategy to address the rise in childhood and adult obesity in North Yorkshire and would like your views.

The most recent North Yorkshire joint strategic needs assessment has highlighted the worrying rise in childhood and adult obesity as an increasing problem across the county, particularly among the adult population, with North Yorkshire now being ranked 24 out of 27 shire counties for this indicator.

To address this problem, the North Yorkshire health and wellbeing board has agreed that a healthy weight, healthy lives strategy should be developed. Following a period of engagement with key stakeholders, North Yorkshire County Council's public health team has written a draft strategy you can find below.

The draft strategy presents the complexities and impact on excess weight; the opportunities for change; the patterns and trends of obesity nationally and locally; and the proposed vision, aims and priorities for tackling excess weight in North Yorkshire.

Consultation documents

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