Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan moves forward: call for local involvement
MALTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE: 5 February 2016. Malton and Norton-on-Derwent Town Councils today made a call for the public to come forward to directly participate in the process for determining the Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Councils, which are working together on the Plan, are looking for representatives from the community to join a special Steering Group, and a number of Focus Groups. Participation is open to anyone who lives or works in either of the two Towns, or represents one or more community interest groups.
Under planning law, Ryedale District Council has had its strategic plan for the next 15 years approved, and this is known as the Ryedale Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton provides an additional layer of locally determined and agreed policy to guide the implementation of the Ryedale Plan.
The next phase of the Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan allows the community to have a real say on how the two Towns are developed in the future. The development of these proposals is expected to take a further year – eighteen months, and will be the subject of extensive consultation with the public. If the final proposals subsequently pass a referendum of voters in the two Towns, Ryedale District Council, as the local planning authority, is then under a legal duty to bring them into force.
Steering Group. The two Towns are looking for interested and committed individuals from the community to join the Steering Group. This Group will be responsible for overseeing the entire process, including liaison with expert planning consultants through the two Town Clerks, and consolidating the outputs from a number of Focus Groups.
Focus Groups. A number of interested individuals are also being sought to join several Focus Groups. These are intended to cover four broad subject areas, as follows:
Community and Leisure: including public services, such as schools, doctors, dentists, hospital, fire service, policing and libraries; community services, such as citizens advice, social care, churches and faith organisations; and sports, recreation and the arts, such as the leisure centre, swimming pool, sports clubs, the Milton Rooms, other arts and entertainment establishments, the museum and racing.
Environment: including trees, planting, care and maintenance, the river, habitats, verges, open spaces and pollution.
Heritage: including the Roman heritage, historic buildings, Dickens, racing and the riverside; and the townscape, such as buildings, street scene, chimneys and topography.
Forward Planning: including the economy, such as retail, the night scene, commercial, festivals, events, industrial, employment, transport and communications; and housing, such as planning constraints, planning flexibility, design statements, impact and amenity; and finally, infrastructure, such as public highways, utilities and rural aspects.
People are asked to register their interest in joining either the Steering Group and/ or one or more of the Focus Groups by Friday 19 February, preferably by email to email@example.com or by post to Malton and Norton-on-Derwent Town Councils, c/o Council Chamber and Office, The Old Courthouse, 84b Commercial Street, Norton-on-Derwent, Malton YO17 9ES, or by telephoning 01653 695348.