The six week public consultation on the new Local Plan finishes on Friday 23 December 2016.
The Local Plan sets out how the district should grow and develop between now and 2035 and provides a firm basis for the consideration of planning applications.
The plan provides details of policies to guide developments, sites for new homes and jobs, options and development limits for new settlements for the district, and allocations for local green space.
In advance of the launch of the public consultation in November, the council held a Pop-Up Café event, which was attended by hundreds of people from the district and gave them the chance to preview the sites and policies in the district’s draft Local Plan.
Since the launch of the consultation, the council has held ten public exhibitions across the district providing the opportunity for people to view consultation materials and discuss ideas with council officers.
As part of the consultation all relevant documents have also been available to view on the council’s website, in the council’s Crescent Gardens offices in Harrogate, at Ripon Town Hall, Knaresborough House, and in the district’s libraries.
Councillor Rebecca Burnett, Harrogate Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainable Transport said: We have been pleased by the public’s response to our consultation so far, however I would encourage anyone who has a view on the future development of the district to let us know their thoughts so that they can be taken into consideration. It is extremely important that people’s register their views through this consultation as the Local Plan will help guide housing and business growth over the next twenty years.
This is the final opportunity for the community to let us know their views before the draft Local Plan goes before full council prior to formal publication in July 2017. We want to ensure that we have a plan which is right for the district and has been considered by the community. I would encourage anyone who wishes to be involved to make sure they have completed the consultation by Friday 23 December.
The public consultation will be available to complete on the council’s website at: http://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal. Completed responses can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Local Plan Consultation, Directorate Support, Springfield House, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5NX.
The closing date for responding to the consultation is 4.30pm on Friday 23 December 2016.