THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR MALTON AND NORTON 2019-2027
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
The creation of the Neighbourhood Plan document is now almost complete, and we’re taking this opportunity to consult once more.
After this further consultation has been completed, the Plan will be subject to independent inspection and a referendum of everyone in our towns, and if the referendum is successful, Ryedale District Council will have a legal obligation to consider the policies when making planning decisions and by inspectors in deciding appeals.
In order to finalise the draft plan, the town councils are asking for informal input on a number of outstanding policy option issues and intended site designations.
The consultation will run from Friday 25th January 2019 until Friday 15th February 2019.
The policy options cover three key topics as follows:
- The proposed housing mix for the towns;
- Wentworth Street Car Park; and
- The pedestrianisation of Malton Market Place
A link to the questionnaire can be found here; FINAL Policy Options Consultation Newsletter
The responses you give in the questionnaire will be carefully assessed to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan best fits the views that have been expressed. Following this, the Pre-Submission Plan will be finalised and it will then be subject to a statutory six week consultation period.
Responses can be made by post or by e-mail to the addessed below, by posting back to us, or completing a form at one of the following scheduled community drop-in events to be held over the 3 week consultation period:-
- Wednesday 6th February 2019 – Malton Town Council Chambers, Community House, Wentworth Street, Malton, YO17 7BN (10am to 7pm)
- Thursday 7th February 2019 – Norton Town Council Chambers, 84b Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES (10am to 7pm)
If you have any questions, please either e-mail us at the above address or ring us during normal office hours, Malton Town Council 01653 228699 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Norton Town Council 01653 695348 email@example.com
Following this consultation, the intention is to move to a statutory six week consultation on a final draft plan by mid-2019, 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 2020, 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.