Current consultations

Harrogate Borough Council is consulting on a new Local Plan - consultation is taking place from 26 January to 4.30pm on 9 March 2018
Carbon Reduction Strategy consultation - closes 15 February 2018
February - April District Panel - closes 30 April 2018
2018 Boundary Review - Initial proposals for Parliamentary constituency boundaries


Harrogate Borough Council is consulting on a new Local Plan.

Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan to manage future development across the district. The council has previously held several consultations where comments have been sought from people who live work or operate in the district so that their views could be fed into the development of the plan.

The council is now holding a formal six week consultation on the version of the plan it wishes to adopt. The consultation is taking place from 26 January to 4.30pm on 9 March 2018. The comments received will be passed to the Planning Inspectorate who will arrange an independent examination of the plan where the comments will be considered.

The Local Plan: Publication Draft 2018 sets out a long-term vision and strategy for development across the district. It includes detailed policies that planning applications will be judged against, and it allocates land for new homes and jobs, educational facilities, Gypsy and Traveller pitches and Local Green Space, as well as identifying a broad location for the creation of a new settlement.

The plan is a 20 year vision for a district where people can afford their own home, and live and work locally. We want local businesses to thrive so that our residents have the best opportunity to lead prosperous and healthy lives. We also want to ensure that we have enough homes, including affordable homes, so that people can choose where they live and have a home that suits their needs. At the same time we want to protect the unique character of the district, a place where people want to live, work and visit.

The Planning Inspectorate has produced a standard comment form, which structures responses in the way the inspector will consider comments at the examination. You can view the Local Plan: Publication Draft 2018 and submit comments using the planning policy consultation portal: consult.harrogate.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can view the plan and collect comment forms from:

  • The Civic Centre, St. Luke's Mount, Harrogate
  • Knaresborough House, High Street, Knaresborough
  • Ripon Town Hall, Market Place, Ripon
  • Libraries across the district and Poppleton library

You can also view the plan, see further guidance on how to take part in the consultation and download comment forms from www.harrogate.gov.uk/localplan


Carbon Reduction Strategy consultation

We are now seeking your views on the draft Carbon Reduction Strategy. We welcome general comments about the draft  and your views on any additional opportunities for carbon reduction, not already covered in the draft.

Please read the draft strategy and follow the link to our consultation survey form below.

Carbon Reduction Strategy Consultation survey

The closing date for the survey is 15 February 2018.


February - April District Panel

To access the survey please use the following link: District Panel February 2018

The District Panel questionnaire includes the following topics:

Community safety across the Harrogate district

The Harrogate District Community Safety Group is committed to making the district a safer place to live, work and visit and the group would like to know what safety concerns you have.

The Local Fund - Harrogate district

The Local Fund is a ground-breaking partnership in the district which launched this January with the aim of making innovative steps towards addressing the hidden needs of the Harrogate district through grant giving. This section of questions is about charitable giving.

Sport and physical activities

The Harrogate Borough Council's Sports Development team wants to know about the barriers you face when taking part in sport and physical activities.

Closing date for completed questionnaires is 30 April, paper copies are available on request.

To receive the District Panel questionnaire directly via email please complete the following contact form

District Panel contact form


2018 Boundary Review - Initial proposals for Parliamentary constituency boundaries

On 13 September 2016 the Boundary Commission for England published its initial proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries. This marks the start of 12 weeks of consultation on those proposals, during which the Commission is inviting people to view and comment on the new boundaries. The Commission is an independent public body, and must make its recommendations for new Parliamentary boundaries to Parliament in September 2018. This is the first of three rounds of consultation which will be undertaken before that date.

The plans showing the proposals for North Yorkshire constituencies, and for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in particular, are now on display in the reception area at the Council Offices.

For the 2018 Review the Commission is promoting use of a consultation website as the primary tool for displaying proposals and receiving comments on them.The proposals and maps for the whole of the district - and the rest of England - are published on the website.

Page last updated 06/02/2018