Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR MALTON AND NORTON 2020-2027
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.
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.
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:
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
Online Drop In Sessions
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.
Zoom links to these meetings will be posted here. If you would like to pose a question in advance of the meeting please do send these to Tim at email@example.com. 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 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.
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.
Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Focus Group Meetings
Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings
2011 Localism Act –available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/20/pdfs/ukpga_20110020_en.pdf
Ryedale Local Plan – available at:
Ryedale Shopfront Design and Signs Supplementary Planning Guidance – available at:
Yorkshire and Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project, 2009 – available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140605090108/http:/www.naturalengland.org.uk/regions/yorkshire_and_the_humber/ourwork/yandhgreeninfrastructuremappingproject.aspx
National Planning Policy Framework – available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-planning-policy-framework–2
National Planning Practice Guidance – available at:-
Ryedale Community Infrastructure Levy – information available at:
Malton and Norton Strategic Transport Assessment (STA) 2010 – available at:
Malton Air Quality Management Area – information available at:
Town Council Agendas and Minutes