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Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Government under the Localism Act of 2011. It’s an important and powerful tool that gives communities such as Malton and Norton statutory powers to help with their development.

  • It’s a document that sets out planning policies for the area – and these planning policies are used to decide whether in the future Ryedale District Council as our Local Planning Authority is able to approve planning applications
  • It’s a document that’s written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
  • It’s a powerful tool to help ensure that our community gets the right types of development, in the right place

How have we created our Neighbourhood Plan?

The whole point of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it is community led.  A steering committee was originally formed in 2011, which faltered, but momentum then again gathered pace when a second steering group was created during 2016 which included representatives from the whole community of Malton and Norton; a number of separate focus groups also met on many occasions to consider the details of what should be included.  These focus groups included residents, businesses, community groups, schools and churches – to find out what’s important to us where we live, what we’d like to improve, and what our vision is for the local area.

An essential part of the process was also the need to gather evidence to back up the ideas that the community wants to see. Using this feedback and evidence, we secured grant funding to engage a specialist for technical support and to provide professional advice to help write the planning policies that will make our community’s vision a reality.

Broadly, our Neighbourhood Plan is a framework for considering a range of issues including:

  • The development of housing, and provision for businesses to set up or expand their premises
  • Transport and movement, including issues around roads, traffic management, car parking, rail access, cycling, and walking
  • The development of schools, health facilities, leisure and entertainment facilities, and other meeting places for the community to use
  • The enhancement of our environment and streetscene, including the design of buildings and improvements to our conservation areas, and ways in which we can take pride in the appearance of our towns
  • The river corridor, including the improvement of access, development along the river frontage, buildings affected by flood risk – and our flood defences
  • Tourism and the heritage of our community, including the protection of important buildings, archaeological sites and other historic assets
  • The protection and creation of open space, sports pitches, play areas, trees, parkland and gardens

In early 2019, the town councils asked for informal input on a number of outstanding policy option issues and intended site designations.

The policy options covered three key topics as follows:

  • The proposed housing mix for the towns;
  • Wentworth Street Car Park; and
  • The pedestrianisation of Malton Market Place

Following this consultation, the plan was screened in respect of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA), as a result of which full SEA and HRA reports were prepared to inform the revision of plan policies.

Following minor adjustments the plan now moves forward to a statutory six week consultation in February 2021, after which the final plan, amended as necessary, will be submitted to Ryedale District Council to organise an independent examination. We anticipate that the plan will come into force in late 2021, following a referendum of all electoral role voters within the Neighbourhood Area. Thereafter, Ryedale District Council will have a legal obligation to apply the policies when making planning decisions and inspectors similarly in deciding appeals.

Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 14 Public Consultation –

Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Development Plan

In accordance with Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 14, Malton Town Council and Norton-on-Derwent Town Council are undertaking a public consultation and would like to invite comments from organisations and individuals on its Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The public consultation runs from Friday 12th February until Friday 26th March 2021.

Proposed Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Development Plan

Malton Town Council and Norton-on-Derwent Town Council have produced a Neighbourhood Development Plan which covers the whole of the civil parishes of Malton and Norton-on-Derwent.  The plan contains a vision for the parishes along with a set of objectives, planning policies and proposals and community actions to achieve the vision.  The planning policies within the plan seek to protect the character and meet the needs of the parishes, with policies guiding new development, notably for highways, the River Derwent corridor, community facilities, tourism and culture, the horse racing industry, housing and employment, as well as protection and enhancement policies relating to the green environment (including Local Green Spaces) and the built environment (including conservation areas).

Following this consultation, the plan will be amended and then submitted to Ryedale District Council (RDC), as required, for a further Regulation 16 consultation and independent examination. The plan, if successful at examination, will then proceed to a local referendum.  If the plan receives a majority vote the district council will adopt the plan which will then become part of the statutory development plan – the Local Plan – for Ryedale.  Any planning applications submitted within the boundary will be determined in accordance with this plan.  

Aim of this consultation

This consultation seeks your views on the content of the proposed Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Development Plan, together with the supporting Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Reports.

Availability of Documents

The plan, map and reports, together with supporting documents and evidence base may be viewed at Malton Town Council and Norton-on-Derwent Town Council websites at:

The plan, map and reports may also be viewed on RDC’s website at:

Deposit Locations

 Hard copies of the consultation document, including proposals map, are also available for inspection at the following deposit locations (subject to Covid restrictions):

Malton Town Council

The Wesley Centre, Saville Street, Malton, YO17 7LL

Mon to Thurs 9am to 5pm phone first 01653 609888

Norton on Derwent Town Council

84b Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES

Mon to Weds 9am to 5pm phone first 01653 695348

Malton Library

St Michael Street, Malton, YO17 7LJ

Normal opening hours

Norton Library

The Hive, Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 8ES

Normal opening hours

In addition, the town councils will be holding online drop-in sessions during the consultation period, as follows:-

Tuesday 2nd March at 2pm, Saturday 6th March at 10am, and Tuesday 15th March at 6pm.

Hi there,

Mar 2, 2021 01:50 PM
Neighbourhood Plan Consultation On Line Drop In 1
Webinar ID: 871 1204 6719
Passcode: 961204

Mar 6, 2021 09:50 AM

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Online Drop In 2

Webinar ID: 872 1114 1806
Passcode: 529080

Mar 16, 2021 05:50 PM
Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Online Drop In 3

Webinar ID: 859 9513 0014
Passcode: 177137

If you would like to pose a question in advance of the meeting please do send these to Tim at  He will register the question with our Planning Consultant, and also register a slot for you to speak if you wish to do so.

 How to Comment

The town councils welcome your comments.  Comments should be submitted, preferably electronically, using the following Survey Monkey questionnaire link:

 Paper questionnaires will also be available at deposit points and can be downloaded here.

NDP Pre-Submission Plan Reg 14 Consultation Questionnaire

NDP Pre-Submission Plan Reg 14 Consultation Questionnaire

These can be returned by sending to either of the following addresses:- 


Post: Malton Town Council, The Wesley Centre, Saville Street, Malton, YO17 7LL

Norton on Derwent Town Council, 84b Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Friday 26th March 2021.  The councils cannot accept any late comments.  

Online Drop In Session 1 – Presentation

M&N NDP Introductory Presentation

Question and Answer Session.

Where are the specific sites / policies listed?  Here on the web in the document, just below, called Neighbourhood Plan Pre Submission Draft.

Will the powerpoint slides be available again?  Yes, they will be posted on the web.

How is partial support for the plan reflected?  Following consultation if a policy scores low, the steering group will be given an opportunity to remove it, those that score high, would likely remain.

Have Ryedale Disctrict Council and Fitzwilliam Estate being consulted?  Yes, the District council have been involved since inception, and also sit on the steering group.  The Estate were involved with our focus groups and have been consulted on two occasions so far.

When was the last consultation?  Late 2018.

Can we see the questionnaire before it is completed?  Yes, a version to download is included online (see sectin ‘how to comment’ above)

Online Drop In Session 2 – Question and Answer Session.

Certain public rights of way need referring to, how do we get these added?  Write in with comments and the steering group will get the opportunity to revise the plan.  A lane referred to is not well represented in the plan?  Again, as before, write in with comments.

Low Carbon Housing not referred to?  It is governed by National Planning Policy, however write in and we will look again at the latest position.

The air quality references in the plan could be improved?  It was argued that the traffic and movement policies taken together, as a whole, actually discourage vehicle use in the the, away to the periphery.  Again write in and make the point.

Changes in demand for the Medical Centre could change due to world changes with the virus.  Write in and make the point, otherwise noted for now.

Online Drop In Session 3 – Question and Answer Session.

Is land acquisition required to deliver policy intentions?  Not necessarily, any land requirement would be met on a reactive as need arises basis.

What is the sustainability position of the plan?  This is a requirement and will be considered by the examiner at the next stage.

Will the status of the plan change with any likely future Unitary changes?  No, the plan will be part of all adopted documentation by the prevailing local authority at that time.

The travel to work network of Beverley Road to the Bacon Factory is a particular problem, any reference to in plan?  It is recognised that this created a pinch point at Mill Street.  Transport policies tend to suggest the movement of traffic out of the towns to the bypass and encourage alternative modes of travel.  This doesn’t address the Beverely Road problem though as bypass cannot be accessed without currently traversing Mill Street.

Is there mention of new cycle and pedestrian crossing mentioned for the river?  Yes in the transport and movement policies.

Why reference the need for a new medical centre?  Came up in focus groups, probably similar to some of the schools, the existing facility, which serves both towns, is nearing capacity.  The towns are growing and therefore demand for increased medical facilities will be required.  The pharmacy is moving out of the surgery to adjacent premises so this will allow for expansion into the space that the pharmacy used to occupy, alleviating the situation somewhat.

Could we have a path between Malton School and Malton Community Sports Centre?  This is because it is a long way round to go round Broughton Road.  Members agreed this was a good idea in principle, and this would be further discussed at Town Council level.

Further Information

 Should you have any further queries about the Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Development Plan please contact the town councils at emails above or telephone 01653 609888 Malton Town Council and 01653 695348 Norton Town Council.


Neighbourhood Plan Pre Submission Draft

Proposals Map

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application

Neighbourhood Plan Governance Structure

Consultant Selection 2016

Appointment of Consultants / Tender For EU Screening 2019

Candidate Consultants List 2019

Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Focus Group Meetings

Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings


Community Questionnaire April 2011

Letter to Ryedale District Council Consultation Results August 2011

Directions Planning Schedule of Responses June 2011

Directions Planning Analysis of Responses June 2011

Policies Update Following Consultation

Letter Invitations To Focus Groups and Steering Groups 2015

Final Policy Options Consultation Newsletter 2019

Informal Sites Consultation Results Grid 2019


Habitat Regulation Assessment

Strategic Enviromental Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment Appendicies

Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report

Old Malton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

Malton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

Norton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

2011 Localism Act –available at:

Ryedale Local Plan – available at:

Ryedale Shopfront Design and Signs Supplementary Planning Guidance – available at:

SPGShopFrontDesignandSigns-reduce.doc (

Yorkshire and Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project, 2009 – available at:

National Planning Policy Framework – available at:–2

National Planning Practice Guidance – available at:-

Malton (Old Town) Conservation Area Designation – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Conservation areas

Norton-on-Derwent Conservation Area Designation – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Conservation areas

Ryedale Community Infrastructure Levy – information available at:

Ryedale District Council – Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Malton and Norton Strategic Transport Assessment (STA) 2010 – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Infrastructure

Malton Air Quality Management Area – information available at:

LAQM Action Plan – Post Consultation Final 30.01.12.docx (


Proposal To Council Agenda Item 9, 21st March 2011

Town Council Response To Proposal Minute 196 03/11 21st March 2011

Updated Town Council Response To Proposal Minute 214 04/11 18th April 2011

Ryedale DC Confirm Funding Minute 184 March 2012

£2000 contribution agreed Minute 012 May 2012

Appointment of Sub Committee Minute 026 June 2013

Reference Parish Boundary Adjacent To Settrington Minute 018 May 2014

Begin Review of Draft Plan Minute 184 January 2015

Broader Committee and Chair Minute 192 February 2015

Chair Appointment Minute 214 March 2015

Consultant Appointment Steering Group Minute 017 January 2016

Request To Attend Focus Groups Minute 195 March 2016

Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting Minute 013 May 2016

Focus Group Conclusion and Draft Policy Intentions Document Minute 083 Sept 2016

Heritage Group reviews Conservation Area appraisals Minute 175 February 2017

Working Through Policy Intentions Document Minute 200 March 2017

Draft Policy Intentions Document ready for Consultation 057 August 2017

Approval of Consultation Document and Map Minute 030 June 2018

Outstanding Policy Options Issues Minute 155 January 2019

Agree EU Screening Funding Minute 018 May 2019

Agree Map update funding Minute 049 July 2019

Moving to Regulation 14 Consultation Minute 132 December 2020