Knaresborough’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, which will shape development in the town until 2035, is taking a significant step towards completion with the launch of the formal consultation on Monday 25th September. The consultation will run for 7 weeks from noon on 25 September 2017 to 5pm on 13 November 2017.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is an important document for Knaresborough’s future. If formally adopted, the NDP will become a legal document which will be consulted for all planning applications in Knaresborough until 2035.
The Plan was compiled through consultations with Knaresborough residents between December 2013 and September 2016. The concerns and issues raised have helped to identify a vision and objectives which have been developed into a set of planning policies by a neighbourhood plan working group made up of Town councillors, business owners and residents (all volunteers) on behalf of the Town Council and led by the current Mayor, David Goode.
Following the public consultation process, the plan will be submitted, together with supporting documentation to an independent planning inspector. After any further amendments, the NDP will be subject to a local referendum. If more than 50% of the votes cast are in favour, the NDP will become a statutory document and will be Knaresborough’s chapter in Harrogate District’s local plan.
A summary document which gives an overview of the key policies included in the draft plan is being delivered to every house in the parish of Knaresborough.
The full NDP and supporting documents can be viewed here:
Paper versions of the NDP and the consultation are available on request from Knaresborough Town Council or can be viewed at Knaresborough House and Knaresborough Library.
Mayor of Knaresborough and Chair of the working group, David Goode said:
This is a unique chance for the local community to have a real impact on how development happens within Knaresborough. The policies we have developed are based directly on the consultation responses. Not only do they protect the town that we love but also work to address those issues that residents told us they wanted to see change.
A series of drop in sessions will take place in October:
5 & 6 October – Knaresborough Community Centre, Stockwell Avenue 10am -7pm
9th to 14th October – Knaresborough library – Library opening hours
17th October – Chain Lane Community Centre – 12pm to 8pm
19th – 21st October – Knaresborough Train Station – 12pm – 7pm
26th October – Knaresborough Cricket Club – 2pm to 8pm