Frequently asked questions

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 on significantly boosting 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. 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?

Please see ‘Previous Stages’ for information about the preparation of the Local Plan to date.

Please see ‘Next Steps’ for information about the next stage in the preparation of the Local Plan.

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 it's progress, you can register as a consultee on our consultation system.

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 type of things will the new Local Plan cover?

The new Local Plan will set out the vision and objectives for planning in Hambleton; 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. The Plan will also set out policies which seek to protect and preserve open space, green infrastructure, and historic and environmental assets.

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