Emerging local plan

Emerging local plan

In 2013 the Council began work on a partial Plan review (Local Plan Focussed Review). Scoping workshops were held in July and August 2013 with Council Members, Parish Councils, Developers and Local Interest Groups. A Cabinet report in October 2013 agreed the scope of the review. Evidence base work was commissioned and published on Affordable Housing Viability, Objectively Assessed Housing Need, Economic Development, Employment Land Review and Retail and Town Centre Uses. Further Member workshops were held between June and September 2014.

On 16 September 2014 Council agreed to proceed with a full Plan Review. It was agreed that the work commenced so far on the partial Plan review will be progressed to provide interim guidance to be used alongside the adopted LDF. A further report was presented to Council on 17 March 2015 to agree the scope and resources for the New Local Plan. This report was agreed and referred to the Council meeting on 7 April 2015.

To find out more about what progress has been made on the preparation of a new Local Plan, visit the New Local Plan for Hambleton website.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

A Local Development Scheme (LDS) is required under Section 15 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011). The LDS sets out the timetable for the production of the Council’s new Local Plan.

On 16 September 2014, the Council agreed to proceed with a new Local Plan, to completely replace the existing Local Development Framework. The new Local Plan will have a Plan Period running from adoption of the Plan to the year 2035.

The current Local Development Scheme can be viewed here. An interim update statement is available here.

Core strategy

Submitted to the Government on 17 February 2006. The Examination was held over 7 days between 10-20 October 2006. The Inspector’s report was received on 19 February 2007 and the Council adopted the Core Strategy on 3 April 2007.

Development policies (with proposals map)

Submitted to the Government on 25 August 2006. The Examination took place over 7 days between 5-28 June 2007. The Inspector’s report was received on 15 November 2007 and the document was adopted by the Council (with the Inspector’s amendments) on 26 February 2008.

Allocations (with proposals map)

Submitted to the Government on 18 December 2009. Examination hearings took place over 8 days between 12–27 May 2010. The Inspectors’ binding report was received on 1 September 2010. The document was adopted by the Council (with the Inspectors’ changes) on 21 December 2010. The Allocations Proposals Map (at Annex 5) replaces the Development Policies Proposals Map (also at Annex 5).

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

Consultation on the Affordable Housing SPD took place between 21 December 2007 and 1 February 2008. The Council adopted it on 24 June 2008. A minor amendment was made to the SPD in October 2013 relating to revised affordable housing acquisition prices and a revised Annex 3 (Affordable Housing Proposal Form). This SPD has been revised as part of the LPFR. Consultation ran from 15 December 2014 to 26 January 2015. Adoption is expected in April 2015. The Sustainable Development SPD was subject to consultation from 19 September to 31 October 2008 and was adopted by Council on 22 September 2009. This SPD was also revised as part of the LPFR. Consultation ran from 19 December 2014 to 30 January 2015. Adoption is expected in April 2015. The Domestic Extensions SPD was out for consultation from 14 August to 25 September 2009 and was adopted by Council on 22 December 2009. An addendum was published in June 2013. Five Conservation Area Appraisals SPDs covering Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk/Sowerby and a Design Guide for Repair and Alteration Works in these Conservation Areas was out for consultation from 25 September to 20 November 2009. They were all adopted on 21 December 2010. The Open Space, Sport & Recreation SPD was subject to consultation from 13 August to 1 October 2010 and was adopted on 22 February 2011. This SPD is due to be revised as part of the New Local Plan. A new Size, Type and Tenure of New Homes SPD was adopted in September 2015.  It is intended that a new Planning Obligations SPD will be produced as part of the New Local Plan.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

An eight week public consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule took place between 18 January and 15 March 2013. Further consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule took place between 24 January 2014 and 7 March 2014. The Draft Charging Schedule was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 30 May 2014. A four week consultation on proposed modifications to the document ran from 30 May 2014 to the 27 June 2014. The Examination in Public (EiP) took place on 7 August 2014 and further consultation on a proposed modification of the Draft Charging Schedule took place between 17 October 2014 and 14 November 2014. The Examiner’s final report was received on 23 December 2014, approving the Charging Schedule as modified with some further minor modifications. Adoption of the CIL Charging Schedule is expected in April 2015.

Authority Monitoring Report (AMR)

Annual reports for 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 were published and submitted to Government in December 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. The report for 2011/12 was published in February 2013 and the 2012/13 report was published in January 2014. There is now no longer a requirement to submit the AMR to Government. The report for 2013/14 is due to be published in April 2015. The latest AMR for 2015/16 was published in August 2017. Currently work is progressing on the 2016/2017 AMR.

Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS)

The Yorkshire and Humber Plan was published on 21 May 2008 but was partially revoked on 22 February 2013 following an Order laid before Parliament on 29 January 2013. This decision followed extensive consultation by the Government on a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) carried out to determine the effects of revocation. As a result of this process it was decided that the policies pertaining to the York Green Belt will be retained, until such time as York City Council has an adopted Local Plan in place (adoption currently expected in late 2015/early 2016).

Hambleton District-wide Local Plan (DWLP)

The DWLP has been completely superseded by the LDF.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The Council’s first SHLAA was published in March 2008. Since this time there have been six revisions. The December 2012 revision covered the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 and in line with Government guidance, included employment sites, making it a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). Following the commissioning of a full Economic Development Study however (published in July 2014) the Council decided to revert back to producing a SHLAA, leaving the assessment of employment land to be covered by that new study.  An updated SHLAA was published in October 2017 covering the period to 31st March 2017.

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