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.
INFORMAL SITES CONSULTATION
The Plan is now at an advanced draft stage. The consultation will commence early January 2019.