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Why do we need a new Local Plan?

The Government requires all local councils to develop a long-term plan which sets out how and where land can be developed over the next 15 years. We have an existing plan for Hambleton but it needs updating.

Why does the existing plan need updating?

Our existing plan for Hambleton, known as the Local Development Framework is made up several development plan documents. They include the Core Strategy which was agreed in 2007 and runs up to 2026 and the Development Policies and Allocations documents which provide further details. Since these documents were prepared National Planning Policy has changed and there is an emphasis to significantly boost the supply of housing. The levels of new housing and employment development set in Hambleton’s existing development documents have been challenged through a number of planning appeals and are considered out of date. In line with statutory requirements, Hambleton’s  new Local Plan will be based on up to date evidence and will be a single document that will take a fresh look at the development needs of Hambleton for a further 15 years (to 2035).

What progress has been made so far in developing a new Local Plan?

The district council consulted on the Preferred Options Document from 31st October 2016 to 12th December 2016 (consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulation Assessment, Settlement Character Studies and Draft Northallerton, Brompton and Romanby Landscape and Open Space Study (2016) was extended to January 2017). The Preferred Options Document is a key stage of the Local Plan preparation. It set out the Council’s preferred spatial approach and preferred policy approach for the emerging Local Plan. The Document was prepared following consultation on an Issues and Options Document in January/February 2016. The Issues and Options Document was informed by a series of stakeholder workshops held in summer 2015 which identified a number of key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the District.

The Call for Sites which invites landowners, agents and developers to put forward sites for development, consultation with Duty to Co-operate partners, such as local planning authorities and key stakeholders and the emerging evidence base has also informed the Preferred Options Document. 

A consultation on Alternative Sites and Local Green Space Sites was undertaken in April to June 2017.

You can also view consultation documents from the Issues and Options stage, the Preferred Options stage and Alternative Sites and Local Green Space consultation at the consultation portal here

To view the locations of existing sites from the Preferred Options stage, Alternative Sites and Local Green Space stage, click here

The district council is currently preparing the Publication version of the Local Plan which is scheduled for July 2019.

Can I get involved in preparing the new Local Plan?

If you are not already registered as a consultee for our Local Plan but you would like to be kept informed on the progress of the new Local Plan and have an opportunity to make comments, you can register as a new consultee on our new system here.

When registering you will need to provide an email address for activation purposes. Please also provide a postal address as this is required for formal stages of Local Plan production.

What is the next stage of the Local Plan?

The Publication version is scheduled for July 2019. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan can be viewed here

What type of things will the new Local Plan cover?

The new Local Plan will set out the vision and objectives for the District, allocate sites for housing, employment, retail, leisure and other forms of development and will set out development management policies for the district up to 2035.  As well as setting out where new development will go, the Plan will also set out policies which seek to protect and preserve open space, green infrastructure, historic heritage and environmental assets.


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