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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Hambleton’s existing development documents have been challenged through a number of planning appeals and are considered out of date.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) has been extended to January 2017).

The Preferred Options Document is a key stage of the Local Plan preparation. It sets out the Council’s preferred spatial approach and preferred policy approach for the emerging Local Plan. The Document has been 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. 

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 consultations and have an opportunity to make comments during consultations, you can register as a new consultee on our new system here.

What is the next stage?

The responses to the Preferred Options Consultation exercise, Alternative Sites Consultation and emerging evidence base will be used to inform the preparation of the Publication Version of the Local Plan in spring 2018. The consultation on the Publication version is scheduled for spring 2018. The council aims to have the new Local Plan adopted by September 2019. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan can be viewed here

The latest Local Development Scheme 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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