Harrogate Borough Council Chamber

Harrogate Borough Council vote to adopt District Local Plan

Harrogate Borough Council have voted by a majority to adopt the Harrogate District Local Plan.The decision was made following over 2-hours of debate and questions from the public.

Harrogate Borough Council have voted by a majority to adopt the Harrogate District Local Plan.

The decision was made at a full Council Meeting on 4 March 2020, following over 2-hours of debate and questions from the public. The consultation process started in 2016 with the release of the first draft local plan.

The District Local Plan includes:

  • Policies to guide development
  • Sites for new homes and jobs
  • Options for a new settlement for the district
  • Allocations for Local Green Space
  • Development limits for settlements

See https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20101/planning_policy_and_the_local_plan/550/harrogate_district_local_plan_emerging

Some of the comments from the meeting:

  • The local plan was needed to ensure development in the most appropriate area. A number of Councillors noted that they had development in their wards, that would have been rejected if a local plan was in place.
  • HBC Legal advised that the financial gain that NYCC will make from Green Hamerton was not in any way part of the decision process.
  • HBC Legal advised of the risk of not adopting a local plan, in that NYCC may be asked to put one together or Government themselves, that had happened in other areas.
  • A number of Councillors said that they agreed with the plan in principle, but felt the development had gone too far in their wards, the Army Barracks land in Ripon was mentioned as an example.
  • Public question challenged if their had been sufficient visibility in the process.
  • Councillors acknowledged the work that had been put into the plan by other Councillors and HBC Officers.
  • A public question challenged the build quota buffer being too high, Rebecca Burnett, Cabinet Member for Planning, said they had interpreted the figures wrongly and offered clarification outside the meeting.
  • This is part of a process of developing a draft plan, consultation,  publishing, submission to Planning Inspectorate and adoption.

The process has had many iterations of review and update. Land allocations have been challenged as part of that process, but most notably the land allocation for a new settlement. Green Hammerton, as against Flaxby, was chosen as the preferred site for a settlement and has been opposed by many Green Hammerton throughout the process.


  1. Just popping in to say how impressed I am with the use of the 360 camera in this circumstance.Really suits the situation.Can I ask if it was installed by HBC or yourself ?

    Many Thanks

    • Thanks Richard. I think it is interesting technology for news. One issue though is 30mins of video creates 26GB of video data and I think you need a good internet connection to view. The council chamber is ideal though, acoustics good and the perfect shape!

  2. Why does the video end before the 6th member of the public finishes his question and we don’t hear the answer to it?

    • We were trialling 360 video in the Chamber – the battery run out, sorry. If there is a demand for seeing council meetings in full we could look at covering them.

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