Planning applications are usually sent to the Parish Council for comment, and they are looked at during the Parish Council meetings, after which a response is sent to Harrogate Borough Council.  The plans, applications and all comments are posted on the Planning Section of their website.  Please click here to access the Public Access section of Planning pages on the Harrogate Borough Council website.
Updates on proposed large developments, or controversial applications are given below.

A Village Design Statement was agreed in 2006, and reviewed in 2016. Harrogate Borough Council usually take this into account when dealing with applications, although it is not compulsory.  Please click here to view the Village Design Statement. 

During 2017/18, Harrogate Borough Council carried out a public consultation into the Local Plan, which aims to set the development limit of the village and highlight the preferred options for building to give the required number of houses throughout the borough for the period to 2030. In Darley the allocated sites are a site west of Stumps Lane, for 9 houses, and a site off Sheepcote Lane for 88 houses.   It is expected that the Plan will go for inspection later in 2018 and become approved in 2019.

The Draft Local Plan is now being looked at by an Inspector, who has commented on Darley within his Matters, Issues and Questions Documents. He questions whether  the number of houses planned within Darley, and within the AONB is  justified. The Parish Council intends to argue this case, and will be represented at the hearings in January/February 2019 by Directions Planning consultancy. Further information can be found on the HBC Local Plan Examination website

Major Recent Planning Proposals

Outline Planning Application for 60 houses (18/05181/OUTMAJ)

An Outline Planning Application for 60 houses to be built on fields at the back of Meadow Lane was submitted on 21 December 2018. The site is part of the site DR14 identified by HBC as a proposed site for 88 houses within the Draft Local Plan.


The Parish Council is contesting the proposal that 88 houses are needed in the Local Plan at the hearings with the Inspector during January 2019.

This outline planning application will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 28th January, and there is also likely to be a Public Meeting - date to be announced.

Darley Mill Centre
Listed Building application for conversion of Mill to form apartments and houses was APPROVED by HBC Planning Committee on 9th January 2018. Work expected to start March 2019

Stumps Lane (west)
5 Houses
Application permitted by HBC Planning Committee November 2018