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Dealing with your Personal Information

Planning legislation (“the Town and Country Planning Act 1990”) requires the Authority to make details of applicants and proposals for planning permission publicly available. These details include some personal information, such as names and addresses. You need to be aware that when you submit a planning application to us the application, plans and any related documents or comments that you send to us are part of the public record. We have a statutory duty to make all application documentation – including any documents and consultation responses received in paper format - available for any member of the public to see, both on our website or at our office in Helmsley.

Who processes my data

The information that you provide with a planning application will be processed by the North York Moors National Park Authority (the Authority) as the ‘Data Controller’ as defined by Article 4(7) of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This means that the Authority has a duty of care towards the personal data that it collects and uses.

What is my data used for?

The information that you provide for a planning application, including personal data, will only be used to deal with your planning application.

Who sees my data?

Legislation requires the Authority to make details of applicants and proposals for permission/consent available for public inspection. They are available electronically on the Authority’s website or at our offices in Helmsley. The name of the owner of a property or land, plus the address of that property or land, must, in most cases, be publicly available. The Authority is required to publish any comments (usually including the name of the person making the comments and their postal address) received regarding a planning application, and these comments may be reported to the Authority’s Planning Committee in summary form. All comments received are available for inspection by the public, applicants, and Members of the Authority. However, details such as signatures, personal telephone numbers and personal email addresses are redacted from documents before being published on the website. The Authority may accept anonymous comments, however the weight afforded to the comments received maybe less than to those where a name and postal address of the person submitting is provided.

Identity Theft

To reduce the chances of identity theft, if you are making comments on a planning application please remember the following points:

  • In correspondence only include necessary personal information - usually your name, address and, if you would like us to contact you in another way other than post, one form of alternative contact (telephone or email);
  • If you wish to send in comments by email, send them as an attachment rather than in the body of the email itself, so that your email address is not published with the comments;

Further advice on safeguarding against identity theft is available from the Home Office website

Conditions relating to Copyright

Ordnance Survey maps, and maps created from Ordnance Survey material, are subject to Crown copyright. The use of mapping is limited to an allowance to view and download for private purposes and non-commercial purposes only. Mapping may not be further sub- licensed, sold, demonstrated, lent or otherwise transferred without the prior written permission of Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey shall not be held responsible for the map material not being fit for your purposes or applications.

Notices, plans, drawings and other documents are protected by the Copyright Designs & Patent Act 1988. Material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes may only be used to compare current applications with previous schemes, or to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner

Need further information?

If you feel you have a valid reason for not having your personal details (such as your name and address) published or would like to discuss anything further, please contact the Authority’s Development Management Admin team on or 01439 772700.

The Authority has appointed Alison Johnson to be its Data Protection Officer, contact details are: Alison Johnson – Audit and Fraud Manager, Telephone No: 01723 (384431) E-mail address:

The Authority’s full Privacy statement can be found at Terms and Conditions

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; tel 01625 545 745 or visit the website


The Ordnance Survey Mapping included within this website is provided by the North York Moors National Park Authority under licence from the Ordnance Survey in order to promote visitor services and to fulfill its function as a planning authority.

Persons viewing this mapping should contact Ordnance Survey Copyright for advice where they wish to licence Ordnance Survey mapping for their own use.

North York Moors National Park Authority Licence No. 100021930

Plans, drawings and materials submitted to the Authority are protected by the copyright acts (Section 47, 1988). You may only use material which is downloaded and or printed for consultation purposes; to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed together with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner