Previous consultations

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Consultations from 2019

This consultation closed on 16 June 2019.


We transport around 20,000 pupils every day. The total cost of transport in 2017/18 was £22.6 million and our forecasts show that the total for 2018/19 is likely to be £24.7 million.

Last year we held a public consultation about making changes to our home to school transport policy for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We have started to implement the proposals agreed last year. The SEND Transport consultation highlighted areas in which the authority is delivering above the minimum requirements.

We are now consulting on the discretionary help we provide above and beyond the statutory requirements. 

The changes we are consulting on will help the council to make long-term savings and bring our home to school transport service in line with Department for Education statutory guidelines, to ensure the local authority is allocated the correct funding from central government.

We are asking questions in the survey below, about our proposals and for any other ideas and suggestions. We can also provide paper copies of the survey and accessible formats of the survey on request.

This consultation will run between Monday 25 March 2019 and Sunday 16 June 2019. Any responses received after this time may be considered but not included in the consultation.

Consultation documents

It is advised you read the  consultation document (pdf / 525 KB) before completing the below survey. 

Consultation events 

We are also hosting a number of public events, booking is not required. 

Date Area Venue Time
3 April 2019 Scarborough Falsgrave Community Resource Centre, Seamer Rd, Scarborough YO12 4DH 12pm-2pm
Scalby School, Fieldstead Crescent, Scarborough YO12 6TH 5pm-7pm 
4 April 2019 Skipton The Rendezvous Hotel, Keighley Road, Skipton BD23 2TA 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
30 April 2019 Whitby The Green Lane Centre, Green Lane, Whitby YO22 4EH 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
9 May 2019 Harrogate Pavilions of Harrogate, Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
14 May 2019 Selby Community House, Portholme Crescent, Selby YO8 4QQ 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
15 May 2019 Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering YO18 8AA 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
17 May 2019 Richmond Richmond Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Richmond DL10 4QL 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm
23 May 2019 Northallerton Allerton Court Hotel, Darlington Rd, Northallerton DL6 2XF 12pm-2pm
5pm-7pm

If you can’t attend an event you can email h2stransportconsult@northyorks.gov.uk. Please title your email ‘Home to School transport consultation’. 

You can also write to ‘Home to school transport consultation’, c/o  SB205 Home to School Transport North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE. 

If you would like the information about the proposals or the survey questions in another language or format, or if you would like printed copies, please ask us - call 01609 780780 or email h2stransportconsult@northyorks.gov.uk 

Additional information and documents 

This consultation closed on 30 May 2019. 


A consultation on statutory proposals by the Governing Body of Bishop Thornton Church of England Primary School to transfer to a new site at Burnt Yates (the former premises of Burnt Yates Church of England Primary School).

Statutory proposals

The Governing Body of Bishop Thornton Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School has approved the publication of a statutory notice and proposals to transfer Bishop Thornton CE Primary School to a new site at Burnt Yates (the former premises of Burnt Yates Church of England Primary School) on 1 September 2019.

This will give four weeks for representations to be made. Any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by 5pm on 30 May 2019.

The County Council’s Executive (or, if there are no objections to the statutory proposals, the Executive Member for Education and Skills) will make a final decision on the proposals on 25 June 2019.

Comments on the statutory proposals can be sent to:

Corporate Director - Children and Young People's Service
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AD

Consultation documents

Statutory notice

The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 4 April 2019 regarding proposals to lower the age range of pupils from four to 11 to three to 11 with effect from 1 September 2019. 

This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. Any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by 5pm on 2 May 2019. 

Comments on the statutory notice can be sent to:

Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AD

Notice documents 


On 21 May 2019, the County Council’s Executive resolved that:

  1. The four key issues listed at paragraph 8.2 of the report had been satisfied and therefore the proposal could be determined.
  2. The age range of Thornton in Craven Community Primary School be lowered to age 3-11 with effect from 1st September 2019.

This consultation closed on 30 April 2019.


The Scarborough Park & Ride service was introduced as part of the Scarborough Integrated Transport Scheme on 14 February 2009. There are two park & ride sites which are located on the outskirts of Scarborough on the A64 and the A165.

The service is currently available seven days a week all year round, including Bank Holidays except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Buses run every 15 minutes, following a circular route stopping at South Bay and the town centre before returning to the park & ride sites.

Initially the park & ride service had a significant positive impact with over 533,000 passenger journeys in 2011-2012. Since 2012 there has been a steady decline in passenger numbers to 272,100 passenger journeys in 2017-2018. The passenger usage shows a considerable seasonal split with 215,900 (79%) of those journeys being between the second Sunday before Easter to the second Sunday in November.

Promotional and publicity work undertaken by the bus operator has had limited success in increasing usage. In view of the reduced usage we are reviewing the service provision to ensure that it is appropriate for the current demand. The two services cost £437,000 a year to run and North Yorkshire County Council’s Business and Environmental Services Corporate Director and Executive Member have agreed to consult on three options for the future.

The following options are being considered:

Option Proposal
Option 1 Completely close both the A64 Seamer Road site and A165 Filey Road site.
Option 2a Completely close A64 Seamer Road site.
It is anticipated that some usage will transfer from this site to the A165 site.
Option 2b Completely close A165 Filey Road site.
It is anticipated that some usage will transfer from this site to the A64 site.
Option 3 Operate seasonal services only. This will mean that no service will operate from either site from second Sunday in November to second Sunday before Easter and both sites will be closed during this time.

Consultation documents

For full details please see the consultation document below.

 Scarborough Park and Ride service consultation - proposed changes. (pdf / 508 KB)

Deadline for comments

The consultation opens on 8 February 2019. You should give us your views on these proposals by 5pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

This consultation closed on 14 April 2019. 

The outcome of the public consultation will be reported to the County Council’s Executive at their meeting on 30 April who will consider the responses and decide on the next steps.


At a meeting on 29 November 2018 the governing body of Clapham Church of England voluntary controlled primary school voted to seek to consult on the school’s closure. The governing body has requested that the council begin consulting on a proposal to close the school at the end of the current academic year.

We are asking for your views on the proposal to close the school at the end of the current academic year (from 31 August 2019).

Consultation documents

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

Deadline for comments

The consultation opens on 14 February 2019. You should give us your views on these proposals by Thursday 4 April 2019.

Consultation meeting

There will be a public meeting about the proposals on Thursday 7 March 2019 at 6.00pm at Clapham CE VC Primary School, Lancaster, LA2 8EJ.

This consultation closed on 15 March 2019.


At a meeting on 15 November 2018 the governing body of Arkengarthdale Church of England voluntary controlled primary school unanimously voted to seek to consult on the school’s closure, because pupil numbers have fallen to an unsustainable level.

We are asking for your views on the proposal to close the school at the end of the current academic year (from 31 August 2019).

Statutory notice

The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 2 May 2019 regarding these proposals. This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. The executive will make a final decision on the proposals on 25 June 2019.

You can comment on the statutory notice by writing to: 

Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AD

Notice documents

Consultation documents

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

Deadline for comments

The consultation opens on 25 January 2019. You should give us your views on these proposals by 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

Consultation meeting

There will be a public meeting about the proposals on Monday 18 February 2019 at 6.30pm at Arkengarthdale CE VC Primary School, Richmond DL11 6EN.

This consultation closed on 20 February 2019.


By the end of the decade, our spending power will have fallen by 34 per cent. Although demand for council services has increased, the funding we receive from central government has reduced significantly.

Further funding cuts mean we’re now facing more difficult decisions on how we can make additional savings and prioritise spending on services whilst also protecting the most vulnerable people in North Yorkshire. The projected budget shortfall of almost £200m by 2021-22 has been met in part by achieving £157m of savings so far. However, a further £40m will need to be found to meet the remaining funding gap.

With this challenge in mind we want your views on how we manage our budget for 2019-20.

Consultation documents

Alternative formats are available on request by contacting our customer service team.

 

This consultation closed on 15 February 2019.


We are allocated money from the Department for Education special provision capital fund. This is a standalone amount of money which has to be spent to improve existing facilities, develop new facilities, or create additional places for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) education provision.

It can only be used in provision judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted to benefit young people with SEND who have an education health and care plan.

We will receive a total of £616,279 over three years. We have already allocated the money for 2018-19 (£163,000) and we now want to ask for views on our proposals for spending the remaining money (£453,279).

We have to publish our plan by 29 March 2019 to ensure we receive this money from the Department for Education.

Our proposals for using this money are based on helping to achieve some of the outcomes outlined in our  strategic plan for SEND education provision (pdf / 3 MB). This plan outlines how we will develop our education provision for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire. The number of children and young people identified as having SEND, including those with education health and care plans is increasing.

The special provision capital fund is separate capital funding from the government, specifically to help us create much needed SEND education places and improve facilities for children with education health and care plans.

This funding is not part of the high needs budget.

We will use this small amount of capital funding to maximum effect, to create more local education provision, so that young people can learn in an inclusive environment, within or near to their own community wherever possible.

The proposals

Our proposals for years two and three are about:

  • work at Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton; and
  • work for the proposed satellite provision for Mowbray School in Ripon.

Consultation documents

Frequently asked questions and answers

What is the special provision capital fund?

The special provision capital fund is money allocated to the council by the Department for Education. It is a standalone pot of money specifically to help us create much needed SEND education places and improve facilities for children with education, health and care plans. This funding is not part of the high needs budget.

What can we use this money for?

The special provision capital fund has to be spent to improve existing facilities, develop new facilities, or create additional places for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) education provision. The money can only be used in provision judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted to benefit young people with SEND who have an education health and care plan.

You can read guidelines from the Department for Education on how we must spend the money here.

We cannot use the funding for things like increasing places for children and young people who do not have education, health and care plans, or for furniture, teaching resources, training and staff costs. The guidelines give more information on this.

The proposals for years 2 and 3 of the special provision capital fund don’t include any work in Selby. How is the Council planning to improve education provision for children and young people with SEND in the Selby area?

Our Strategic Plan for SEND education provision 0-25 sets out how we will develop education provision for children and young people with SEND in all areas of North Yorkshire, including Selby.

The Council recognises the need to improve provision for children and young people with SEND in the Selby area. 

As a result we have made a bid to the Department for Education for a special free school in the Selby area – we expect to hear the outcome of this soon. Our Strategic Plan also sets out how we will develop targeted provision for children and young people in Selby.

Why isn’t the fund being used to provide staff or training for staff to support children and young people with SEND?

The SPCF is capital funding we receive from the Department for Education. There are clear guidelines about how we can use the funding. The SPCF must be used to benefit children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans and to:

  • create additional places at provision judged good or outstanding, and
  • improve facilities or develop new facilities.

We cannot use the funding for staff costs or for training.

The Government has allocated more special provision capital funding to local authorities. What are the council’s plans for this funding?

In December 2018 the Government announced that an additional £100 million funding would be allocated to local authorities. We found out after the start of the consultation on years 2 and 3 of the fund, that North Yorkshire’s additional allocation would be £232,558.

We will consider proposals for this additional funding and ask for views on how to spend it in due course.

The Government has updated the guidelines for the funding to reflect the additional allocation

Deadline for comments

You can give us your views on these proposals between 7 January and 15 February 2019.

This consultation closed on 21 January 2019.


We are consulting on proposals about how people who use adult social care services contribute to their costs. The consultation covers two main areas:

  • the cost of transport to places where people may receive a service; and
  • how the total cost of care is calculated.

We are seeking your views on our proposals before we take any final decisions in 2019. Your views will be fed back to county councillors, so they are made aware of what you think before they take any decisions. Decisions have not yet been made.

We would like to hear your views about our proposals and any other ideas and suggestions you might have. You can tell us what you think by completing the survey below. There is an ‘easy read’ version available and other formats can be provided upon request.

Consultation documents

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

Deadline for comments

You should give us your views on these proposals by 21 January 2019.

Consultation events

We are holding a number of events where we will explain the proposals and ask people what they think. The dates and locations of the events are:

Date Time Location
13 November 9.30am Council Chambers, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD
14 November 2pm Main Function Room, Richmond Cricket Club, Hurgill Road, Richmond DL10 4AR
15 November 1pm The Council Chambers, Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE
19 November 10am The Council Chambers, Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Old Malton, Malton YO17 7HH
27 November 10.30am Hall B, The Street, 12 Lower Clark Street, Scarborough YO12 7PW
4 December 12.30pm Community House Selby, Community House, Portholme Road, Selby YO8 4QQ
7 December 10am Civic Suite, Craven District Council, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ

All venues have wheelchair access. There will be BSL interpreters at the events in Harrogate, Scarborough and Selby.

This consultation closed on 8 February 2019.

The executive members for education and skills on 12 March 2019 approved proposals:

  • To amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School in Ripon to create a single 3-11 Primary School on the junior school site on 29 April 2019.
  • To create satellite specialist provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site from 1 January 2020.

Statutory notice

The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 11 January 2019 regarding these proposals. This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. The executive will make a final decision on the proposals on 19 February 2019.

You can comment on the statutory notice from 11 January to 8 February 2019 by writing to:

FREEPOST RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
Moorside Schools
Strategic Planning
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
NORTHALLERTON
DL7 8AE

The formal consultation closed on 9 November 2018.

Original consultation details

This would create a single three to 11 primary school on the junior school site (to be known as Moorside Primary School and Nursery) through the technical closure of Moorside Infant School as a separate entity and the enlargement and change of age range of Moorside Junior School.

This proposal is linked to proposals set out in another consultation to create specialist satellite SEND provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site.

Consultation documents

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

    This consultation closed on 8 February 2019.


    Statutory notice

    The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 11 January 2019 regarding these proposals. This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. The executive will make a final decision on the proposals on 19 February 2019.

    You can comment on the statutory notice from 11 January to 8 February 2019 by writing to:

    FREEPOST RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
    Mowbray School
    Strategic Planning
    North Yorkshire County Council
    County Hall
    NORTHALLERTON
    DL7 8AE

    The formal consultation closed on 9 November 2018.

    Original consultation details

    Our strategic plan for special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) education provision 2018 to 2023 includes proposals to create new special school provision through working towards the establishment of satellite specialist provision in the Ripon area during 2018-19. The initial proposal is to establish up to 30 places in 2019-20. This will then rise to up to 60 places by 2021-22.

    Mowbray is a special school at Bedale, making provision for a wide range of complex special educational needs or disabilities. Mapping of the current cohort of children and young people attending Mowbray School shows a number live in the Ripon area and potentially could benefit from this provision in addition to those requiring this type of provision into the future.

    This proposal is linked to proposals set out in another consultation to amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School to create a single three to 11 primary school on the junior school site.

    Consultation documents

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

    The executive members for education and skills on 12 March 2019 approved proposals:

    • To amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School in Ripon to create a single 3-11 Primary School on the junior school site on 29 April 2019.
    • To create satellite specialist provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site from 1 January 2020.

    This consultation closed on 31 January 2019.


    We are currently consulting on behalf of the following own admission authority schools on their admission arrangements for 2020 to 2021. Comments should be submitted to the relevant school directly.

    Voluntary aided schools

    School Deadline for comments
     St Martin's CE, Scarborough (pdf / 48 KB) 17 December 2018
     St Augustine's RC School, Scarborough (pdf / 16 KB) 17 December 2018
     Dacre Braithwaite CE (VA) Primary School, Summerbridge, Harrogate (pdf / 2 MB) 14 January 2019
     St Robert's Catholic Primary School, Harrogate (pdf / 795 KB) 31 January 2019
     Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton (pdf / 241 KB) 31 January 2019
     St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School, Ripon (pdf / 692 KB) 31 January 2019

    Academy schools

    School Deadline for comments
     Richmond School (Areté Learning Trust) (pdf / 570 KB) 31 January 2019
     Stokesley School (Areté Learning Trust) (pdf / 572 KB) 31 January 2019
     St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate (pdf / 100 KB) 31 January 2019
     Selby Community Primary School (pdf / 49 KB) 31 January 2019
     Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School, Harrogate (pdf / 99 KB) 31 January 2019

    Sixth form policies

    School Deadline for comments
     Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton (pdf / 751 KB) 21 January 2019

    Give us your views

    Any comments about a particular policy should be sent for the attention of the governing body of the school in question by the deadline given. You can find school details here.

    Consultations from 2018

    This consultation closed on 20 December 2018.


    We are asking for your views on how we keep young people in North Yorkshire happy, healthy and safe.

    The focus for our 0 to 19 healthy child service is the whole population of children and young people in North Yorkshire. It is available to all families, children and young people and aims to ensure that every child gets the good start they need to lay the foundations of a healthy life.

    The programme aims to:

    • help parents develop and sustain a strong bond with children;
    • support parents in keeping children healthy and safe and reaching their full potential;
    • protect children from serious disease, through screening and immunisation;
    • reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating and physical activity;
    • identify health and wellbeing issues early, so support and early interventions can be provided in a timely manner;
    • focus on the health needs of children and young people ensuring they are school ready (SEND code of practice 0 to 25 years, 2017); and
    • make sure children are prepared for and supported in all child care, early years and education settings and especially are supported to be ‘ready to learn at two and ready for school by five'.

    Our current providers of healthy child services can be seen here.

    Why we are asking for your views

    The current healthy child contracts will end in March 2020, which gives us the opportunity to review the services currently available.

    We want to ask your views on the services you have experienced, either as a young person, or a parent, carer, relative or key stakeholder. This will help us to write new service descriptions to ensure that we are providing the right services to meet the needs of families in North Yorkshire.

    The first part of the process is taking place now, which includes asking you to tell us about your experiences informally. Then, in 2019 there will be a formal consultation where you can tell us your views on our proposals for the services that will be provided under the healthy child programme.

    Following the consultation, your views will be taken into account to inform how services are delivered from 1 April 2020. 

    This consultation closed on 7 December 2018.


    A consultation on proposed school admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2020-21.

    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

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

    Decision notice

    A decision has now been made for taken for the admission arrangements for the 2020/2021 school year.

    This consultation closed on 22 November 2018.


    A proposed expansion to Overdale Community Primary School in Eastfield, Scarborough through using a site at Ashmead Square, Eastfield YO11 3EY from 1 September 2020.

    The expanded school will continue to provide for pupils aged three to 11.

    Notice documents

    Decision notice

    A decision has now been taken to approve the expansion of Overdale Community Primary School.

    This consultation closed on 11 November 2018.


    A consultation on proposals for changing how we allocate some aspects of the high needs budget, to support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

    All local authorities have a duty to keep their special education provision under review and ensure there is the right type of provision and enough places to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). 

    In order to meet this duty, we have developed the strategic plan for SEND education provision. The plan includes actions to develop special educational provision in North Yorkshire and to have more local provision for children and young people.

    We have a budget of £44.8 million to spend on special educational provision. This is called the high needs budget and is allocated by central government. There is significant financial pressure on this budget due to the increase in the number of children and young people who have been assessed as needing an education, health and care plan. However funding from central government has not increased in line with increased demand. The strategic plan helps us to make sure we can make the best provision possible with the funding we have whilst ensuring we meet the assessed needs of children and young people.

    As set out in the plan we are reviewing and reshaping the high needs budget. This will be an ongoing process as we implement the plan but we now want to consult on the following three specific proposals for change:

    • Changing the process for top up funding for children and young people with education, health and care plans from a resource allocation system to a banding system;
    • Changing the way provision for secondary aged pupils who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion is commissioned and funded in North Yorkshire; and
    • Bringing arrangements for provision and funding for young people with education, health and care plans receiving post-16 education, into line with statutory guidance.

    Consultation documents

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

    You can also read some frequently asked questions and answers on the consultation:

    Frequently asked questions

    What is the consultation about?

    We’re asking for your views on some proposals for changes to how we spend the ‘high needs budget’. This is money we get from central government to spend on education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

    When is the consultation?

    The consultation started on 5 October and runs until 11 November 2018.

    What are the proposed changes?

    We want to ask you about possible changes in three areas:

    • changes to the system we use to allocate ‘top up’ funding to young people;
    • changes to the way we pay for the education of secondary school aged students who are at risk of exclusion; and
    • changes to the number of hours of tuition we pay for, for young people over the age of 16 with education, health and care plans.

    Why are we doing this?

    We have to ensure that the increasingly pressurised high needs budget is spent in the most effective and efficient way possible to meet the assessed needs of children and young people.

    There is significant financial pressure on this budget due to the increase in the number of children and young people who have been assessed as needing an education, health and care plan. However, funding from central government has not increased in line with increased demand. We have a long-term strategic plan which helps us to make sure we can make the best provision possible with the funding we have, whilst meeting the assessed needs of children and young people.

    What do the proposals mean for young people with education, health and care plans in post-16 education?

    For young people with education, health and care plans in further education or sixth form there will be no change in their education package. These students currently receive 16 hours per week / 600 hours a year of education. Further education providers are paid for 16 hours of teaching but sixth forms are paid for 25 hours. We propose to correct this anomaly by funding only the 16 hours per week that the students receive.

    Young people post-19 will receive at least the same package as they currently do. The children and young people’s service and health and adult services will agree a personalised support programme for each young person after they reach the age of 19.

    For young people with education, health and care plans in post-19 provision who require a five day package of education and care, this will continue where it is required based on the assessed needs of young people. The proposal is around changes to how the package is funded, which will be partly from the high needs budget, and partly by health and adult services. Further details can be found in the  consultation on high needs budget (pdf / 108 KB) document.

    What are we doing to make sure young people’s opinions are heard?

    We are writing directly to all young people with SEND over the age of 16 with an education, health and care plan and we are holding consultation sessions with young people in pupil referral service settings. We are also writing to the parents and carers of all other young people with an education, health and care plan. We have a young persons’ consultation group called ‘Flying High’ and we consult directly with members of this group. We are also working with special schools via their head teachers and SENCOs in mainstream schools, who will work with the young people in their school to help record their views. We’ve also asked young people in North Yorkshire to tell us what they think via a targeted Facebook campaign. If any of the information is needed in a different format we will do our best to provide it.

    How can I take part?

    There are several ways you can tell us what you think about the proposals - all the details can be found on this page.

    We would like as many people as possible to come to one of our events and fill in the online survey before 11 November 2018.

    Will you listen to feedback provided during the consultation?

    We welcome all feedback so that the recommendations we make will take into account your views. All feedback is considered and used to shape our final recommendations.

    How was information about the consultation on these changes published and promoted?

    All the consultation information and the survey are on our website, including on the SEND local offer pages. This includes accessible versions of the information. You can also request paper copies of the information and survey, and in other formats (braille, BSL etc.) if you need them.

    Before the consultation began, information was sent to all schools in North Yorkshire (including pupil referral services) about the consultation, with a link to the website. They were asked to share the information with parents and carers and young people with SEND.

    Information was sent to NYPACT, the parent / carer forum, as the consultation began, with a request to share it with parents and carers.

    Shortly after the consultation began letters were sent to parents and carers and young people as appropriate, to reinforce the messages already in place.

    There have been regular reminders on social media and a media release was shared via the NY Now resident e-newsletter and local free press pages, with a link to this web page and details on how to take part in the consultation.

    There have been consultation events across the county that anyone can attend.

    What will the impact of the change to bandings be for children and young people who have top up funding determined by the CAN-DO?

    We will continue to meet our statutory duty for children and young people and will ensure provision set out in an education heath and care plan is made.

    We have completed some modelling and think there will be little impact on amounts of top up funding for individual children and young people. The banding system will make the process clearer for everyone and make sure top up funding is at the right level to meet the needs identified in an education heath and care plan.

    We would expect all children and young people who currently have education heath and care plans to receive top up funding at band 4 or above according to their needs.

    What is alternative provision?

    Alternative provision is for children of compulsory school age who do not attend mainstream or special schools full time and may be accessing other provision for learning off site e.g. with vocational providers or within pupil referral services.

    We are responsible for arranging suitable education for permanently excluded children and for other children who - because of illness or other reasons - would not receive suitable education, without such arrangements being made. Currently this is provided by a range of providers including enhanced mainstream schools, pupil referral services and other models of alternative provision led by groups of schools.

    Frequently asked questions about specific proposals

    Proposal one - changing the process for top up funding for children and young people with education, health and care plans from a resource allocation system to a banding system.

    How was the proposed banding model developed?

    We have looked at a number of models used by other local authorities and considered how these allocated top up funding to meet the needs of children and young people. The model used by Bradford does this in the clearest way. We have developed the proposed model for North Yorkshire taking the Bradford model into consideration.

    Proposal two - changing the way provision for secondary aged pupils who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion is commissioned and funded. 

    The changes proposed to the way provision for secondary aged pupils who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion is commissioned and funded would take place over a very short time period. How will this be managed?

    Depending upon the feedback from the consultation, and if council members approved the proposal, we would introduce the changes from April 2019. We recognise that it would take time to make the changes so we would give some transitional funding to pupil referral services and alternative provision providers until the end of March 2020.

    What will happen for children and young people with medical needs?

    Our strategic plan sets out the actions we will take for children and young people with medical needs. You can read the plan here.

    We intend to:

    • update the guidance for schools about pupils with medical needs;
    • look at the way young people with medical needs are referred so that it is clear for all partners;
    • introduce a different model for home tuition for pupils with medical needs which offers increased hours of tuition where appropriate (there will be a separate consultation about this proposal); and
    • revisit how we provide longer term education for children who cannot attend school due to their medical needs.

    We will continue to provide places for pupils with medical needs in pupil referral services and alternative provision providers until the end of the academic year 2019-20 and there will be a separate consultation on changes to this provision in due course.

    We’re here to listen so please tell us what you think - your opinion matters.

    This consultation closed on 9 November 2018.


    Consultation on a proposal to create specialist satellite SEND provision for four to 11 year olds for Mowbray School at Moorside Infant School.

    Statutory notice

    The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 11 January 2019 regarding these proposals. This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. The executive will make a final decision on the proposals on 19 February 2019.

    You can comment on the statutory notice from 11 January to 8 February 2019 by writing to:

    FREEPOST RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
    Mowbray School
    Strategic Planning
    North Yorkshire County Council
    County Hall
    NORTHALLERTON
    DL7 8AE

    Original consultation details

    Our strategic plan for special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) education provision 2018 to 2023 includes proposals to create new special school provision through working towards the establishment of satellite specialist provision in the Ripon area during 2018-19. The initial proposal is to establish up to 30 places in 2019-20. This will then rise to up to 60 places by 2021-22.

    Mowbray is a special school at Bedale, making provision for a wide range of complex special educational needs or disabilities. Mapping of the current cohort of children and young people attending Mowbray School shows a number live in the Ripon area and potentially could benefit from this provision in addition to those requiring this type of provision into the future.

    This proposal is linked to proposals set out in another consultation to amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School to create a single three to 11 primary school on the junior school site.

    Consultation documents

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

    The executive members for education and skills on 12 March 2019 approved proposals:

    • To amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School in Ripon to create a single 3-11 Primary School on the junior school site on 29 April 2019.
    • To create satellite specialist provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site from 1 January 2020.

    This consultation closed on 9 November 2018.


    Consultation on a proposal to amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School to create a single primary school.

    Statutory notice

    The executive have approved the publication of a statutory notice on 11 January 2019 regarding these proposals. This will give a further four weeks for representation to be made. The executive will make a final decision on the proposals on 19 February 2019.

    You can comment on the statutory notice from 11 January to 8 February 2019 by writing to:

    FREEPOST RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
    Moorside Schools
    Strategic Planning
    North Yorkshire County Council
    County Hall
    NORTHALLERTON
    DL7 8AE

    Original consultation details

    This would create a single three to 11 primary school on the junior school site (to be known as Moorside Primary School and Nursery) through the technical closure of Moorside Infant School as a separate entity and the enlargement and change of age range of Moorside Junior School.

    This proposal is linked to proposals set out in another consultation to create specialist satellite SEND provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site.

    Consultation documents

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

    The executive members for education and skills on 12 March 2019 approved proposals:

    • To amalgamate Moorside Infant School and Moorside Junior School in Ripon to create a single 3-11 Primary School on the junior school site on 29 April 2019.
    • To create satellite specialist provision from Mowbray School on the Moorside Infant School site from 1 January 2020.

    This consultation closed on 19 September 2018.


    A consultation on proposed locations where 4G LTE mobile coverage will be developed.

    As part of our work to improve mobile coverage within the county we are looking at developing 4G LTE coverage in areas where this is not yet present, and where it is unlikely that industry will invest in the near to medium term future, given the economic challenges of doing so. The programme also seeks to ensure that any infrastructure delivered will support the 5G world through being capable of upgrade.

    We are consulting on the proposed locations where 4G LTE coverage will be developed. We are keen to hear from those who may be able to support the provision of this network infrastructure in the target areas. This could be through ownership of specific telecommunications infrastructure or have plans to build such infrastructure.

    Consultation documents

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

    This consultation closed on 13 July 2018.


    A consultation on enhanced parental transport allowance for home to school transport.

    From 8 January to 2 April 2018, we consulted on some potential changes to our home to school transport policy. The new policy was approved by the council on 16 May 2018 with changes being implemented from September 2018. You can read about the county council meeting where they agreed to the transport policy here.

    However, councillors have requested a further short consultation to clarify one aspect of the new policy - the introduction of a voluntary enhanced parental transport allowance for certain families whose school aged children with an education health and care plan would be eligible for, and require, additional transport assistance.

    Once the consultation has closed, we will review all of the responses and prepare a report to enabled elected members to reach a decision.

    Consultation documents

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

    This consultation closed on 11 July 2018.


    A consultation on the draft specification for the re-procurement of the specialist adult drug and alcohol service, North Yorkshire Horizons.

    The current adult substance misuse service, North Yorkshire Horizons, was commissioned in October 2014 and consists of two contracts:

    • Recovery and mentoring service, provided by Change Grow Live; and
    • Drug and alcohol treatment service, provided by Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities.

    The contracts operate as an integrated service with a shared brand, a single point of contact, shared service hubs, shared policies and protocols, and a shared electronic case management system.

    The contracts were let for three years with a two year extension facility which was activated in 2017. The contracts end on 30 September 2019.

    We wish to re-procure a comparable service to commence on 1 October 2019. The service will continue to be called North Yorkshire Horizons.

    You can find out more about the consultation via the North Yorkshire Partnerships website here.

    This consultation closed on 28 June 2018.


    A consultation on our strategic plan for education of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, 2018 to 2023.

    We have a duty to keep our special educational provision under review and to make sure there is the right type of provision and enough places to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). You can find out more about our special educational needs and disabilities services here.

    We have worked with parents and carers, schools and other education providers, professionals working in the area of SEND, and children and young people themselves to develop a new strategic plan. It is the result of many conversations and opportunities to share views and opinions, and has been shaped over time.

    We are now inviting you to share your views on the proposed strategic plan, which sets out what we will do to develop and improve education provision for children and young people with SEND aged 0 to 25 in North Yorkshire.

    We recommend that you read a full copy of the strategic plan and attend one of the information events before responding to this survey.

    This short video gives a very brief explanation of the draft strategic plan for SEND and how to give us your views on it:

    Consultation documents

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

    This consultation closed on 19 June 2018.


    A consultation on changes to the provision of overnight short breaks for families with disabled children and young people.

    We provide a range of short break services for disabled children and their families, including day time and overnight care for disabled children, in their own homes and elsewhere. We support those who provide care for them, both at times of crises and with their family life.

    Information on short breaks for disabled children and young people, including our short breaks statement, is available here.

    Demand from children and families to use the overnight short breaks at the Ghyll children’s resource centre in Skipton has fallen in recent years and is predicted to fall further. We need to ensure that the services we provide replicate a home-like environment and continue the current high quality experience. This is very difficult when such a small number of children are using the facilities. 

    We have already been working to transform the short break service for disabled children and families, with the development of hubs to provide a range of both day and overnight care, holiday programmes, specialist foster carers and more personalised budgets. The proposal includes a plan for further investment in the Nidderdale children’s resource centre in Harrogate, to maximise accommodation for overnight short breaks for those children currently using the Ghyll children’s resource centre and Beck House. If the plans go ahead, social workers will work with families to review their support and ensure any changes to overnight short breaks are well managed for the young people involved.

    Consultation documents

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

    Frequently asked questions

    You can also read some frequently asked questions and answers on the consultation:

      What is the offer of transport / clarity on transport provision? Will transport to alternative bases for provision be paid for?

      Transport for existing overnight users of The Ghyll will be provided by the council, or financial support will be offered to families if they prefer to transport themselves.

      Will transport be appropriately staffed with trained escorts?

      Where transport is provided trained escorts will be provided as appropriate.

      Are there any families who meet the short breaks criteria awaiting services in Skipton?

      There are some families who are awaiting day care services in the Skipton area. Some families are trying to find PAs for direct payments. The number of children without services in Skipton is very small.

      What is the outreach offer?

      The outreach offer will replicate some of the day care offered by The Ghyll, such as after school breaks, weekend day care and holiday day care. The service will be able to provide support in the community accessing activities, and to deliver short term pieces of targeted work to address individual needs.

      How many staff will make up the outreach team?

      We will review the numbers of children who will need an outreach service and will ensure that there are sufficient staff to ensure a safe service. If the decision is made to close The Ghyll consultation will take place with staff about the outreach service and the numbers of staff we think will be needed.

      Where will the base be for outreach provision and what facilities will be available?

      We are exploring a number of options for a base, and we will continue to have the use of the Ghyll building for the foreseeable future if the proposal is approved.

      Will tea breaks still be available?

      If there is an assessed need for a service after school then this will be offered through the outreach service.

      Will you have sufficient foster carers recruited for special needs placements?

      The fostering service will target recruitment of carers in Craven for those young people whose needs could be met in a family.

      What will happen if service demand within Skipton increases again in the future?

      If there is significant increased demand for overnight short breaks within Craven, these will be offered at Nidderdale, or by foster carers. If the demand for day care support increases locally then services will be reviewed and commissioned accordingly.

      Will the criteria for short breaks provision be reviewed?

      We have no plans at present to review the eligibility criteria.

      Will transport time be part of the allotted respite time?

      We would take this into account, to ensure that families still experience a meaningful short break.

      What will happen if staff begin to leave the Ghyll and there aren’t enough staff to keep it open until the proposed amendments to the Nidderdale site have been completed?

      Overnights at Nidd or Beck will be offered in the event that we cannot safely operate at The Ghyll. We aim to maintain day care at The Ghyll.

      Will the newly developed Nidderdale site include a sensory room?

      Yes a sensory room is part of the plans.

      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

      Decision notice

      A decision has now been made for taken for the admission arrangements for the 2019/20 school year.

      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