Consultation on the Harrogate district Local Plan publication draft main modifications

Update 2 October: The Local Plan Main Modifications consultation is now closed. The representations received have now been passed onto the Inspector for his consideration and can be viewed on the consultation portal.

Update 8 August: Following the start of the consultation on the main modifications to the Harrogate district Local Plan, we are running an additional consultation on main modification MM162a: Phasing, Delivery and Windfall allowance. This will run from 9 August until 20 September. This is necessary as this main modification was omitted from the schedule. The accompanying sustainability appraisal has also been updated.

In light of this, the Cabinet Member for Planning has made the decision to extend the existing consultation period on the main modifications, associated documents and the additional sustainability appraisal work on the broad locations for growth to ensure that the consultations are aligned.

The consultation for all documents will now finish at 4.30pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

Consultation details

In response to comments made by the inspector during and after the Local Plan hearing sessions, we have proposed modifications to the Local Plan to make it sound. The modifications form part of the examination process and the inspector will consider these modifications, and the consultation responses to them, before making his recommendations on whether to adopt the Local Plan.

The consultation for all documents will now finish at 4.30pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

All relevant documentation can be viewed by visiting the consultation page.

The 'schedule of main modifications' sets out the proposed modifications to the publication draft Harrogate district local plan and the following supporting documents have been updated to accompany it:

  • erratum to schedule of main modifications (August 2019)
  • sustainability appraisal (and accompanying errata)
  • habitat regulation assessment
  • equality analysis report
  • schedule of policy map changes

In addition the following document will be published for information purposes and completeness only. It is not included in the consultation exercise:

  • schedule of additional modifications - minor changes that do not materially affect the operation and meaning of policies in the plan

The following documents provide important information and helpful guidance to assist in making a response - we recommend that you read them before proceeding further:

Alternatively, comments can be made via the consultation page.


Harrogate Borough Council submitted the Submission Draft Harrogate Local Plan for independent examination on the 31 August 2018. A Planning Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, will now conduct an examination into the plan's soundness. Representations made during the publication consultation will be considered as part of the examination. Full details and all documents submitted are available by visiting www.harrogate.gov.uk/localplansubmission.


This is the planning policy page for work on creating an up-to-date, new-style local plan to replace the current local plan.

Consultation on the Harrogate District Local Plan Publication Draft - consultation is now closed

Consultation on the Harrogate District Local Plan Publication Draft took place from Friday 26 January 2018 to 4.30pm on Friday 9 March 2018. This consultation is now closed. All comments received within the consultation period will be recorded and published on the Local Plan Consultation Portal, Comments made directly to the portal will be available to view within four weeks of the close of the consultation. Comments made by other methods may take longer to publish.

The council has prepared the publication version of the Harrogate District Local Plan for submission to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The local plan sets out the broad spatial planning and policy framework for the Harrogate District up to 2035. It includes a long-term vision and strategic objectives, policies to guide development, allocations for new homes and jobs, educational facilities, Local Green Space and Gypsy and Traveller provision as well as a broad location for growth for a new settlement.

The publication version of the local plan has been prepared following consultation in 2015, 2016 and 2017 the details of which can be found further down this page.

Information, procedures and guidance - this consultation is now closed

The following documents provide important information and helpful guidance - we recommend that you read them before proceeding further:

Local Plan Publication Draft January - March 2018 - this consultation is now closed

You can view the PDFs of the documents below. Due to the size of some of the documents they have been split into a number of parts;

Supporting documents

You can view and comment on the Sustainability Appraisal, Habitat Regulations Assessment and Equality Analysis via our our consultation portal, or you can view PDFs of the documents below.

Evidence Base

An extensive evidence base underpins the Local Plan. These documents can be viewed on the evidence base page of the council website.

Consultation on the draft Local Plan additional sites July - August 2017

Harrogate Borough Council held a six week consultation on additional sites for the Draft Local Plan between 14 July and 25 August 2017. The consultation included:

  • Additional draft allocations for new homes and jobs
  • Draft new settlement allocation at Green Hammerton
  • Gypsy and Traveller sites
  • Amended draft allocations for housing
  • Draft educational facilities allocations

You can view the PDFs of the main consultation document below. Due to the size of the document it has been split into three parts; part one contains the main report with all the individual site maps; parts two and three contain maps of settlements where additional draft allocations have been included.

Additional sites consultation documents

Documents providing background information to the consultation are available to view on our evidence base page.

Draft local plan additional sites documents

Consultation on the draft Local Plan November - December 2016

Harrogate Borough Council held a six week consultation on its draft local plan between 11 November and 23 December 2016. The draft 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

This consultation has now closed, but you view the draft local plan documents below, or visit the consultation portal to view the documents and responses to the consultation.

Draft local plan documents

Consultation on the Harrogate District Local Plan: Draft Development Management Policies November - December 2015

Harrogate Borough Council held a six week consultation on its draft development management policies for the Local Plan between 6 November and 18 December 2015. This consultation has now closed, but you can view the consultation documents, and responses to them, via the links below.

Draft Development Management documents

Consultation on the Harrogate District Local Plan: Issues and Options 2015

Harrogate Borough Council held a six week consultation on the Issues and Options for the Local Plan between 17 July and 28 August 2015. This consultation has now closed, but you can view the consultation documents, and responses to them, via the links below.

Issues and Options documents

Page last updated 02/10/2019