Published: Tuesday, 4th July 2017

This month, Harrogate Borough Council will open a six-week public consultation giving the community and key stakeholders a further opportunity to have their say on the district's draft Local Plan.

The consultation will provide the opportunity for residents, businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and other agencies to comment on additional sites that will need to be included within the draft Local Plan in order to meet the requirements for new homes and jobs.

There will also be the opportunity to comment on the preferred location of a new settlement, which officers have recommended should be located in Green Hammerton, as well as gypsy and traveller provision in the district.

After taking into account the comments received during the consultation held towards the end of 2016 and the comments received during this additional consultation, the plan will be formally reported at a meeting of Full Council later this year.

Councillor Rebecca Burnett, Harrogate Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, said: "It is important that the community has the opportunity to comment on the additional sites and the preferred location of a new settlement. The Local Plan will allocate land to meet local needs for housing until 2035 so we are encouraging as many local people as possible to have their say on the future areas of growth."

The consultation will commence on Friday 14 July 2017 and run until Friday 25 August 2017. During the consultation there will be a chance for the local community and other interested parties talk to officers from the council's Planning Policy team at a series of exhibitions being held across the district. The events will be taking place at:

  • Ripon Town Hall, Wednesday 19 July, 2-7pm
  • Green Hammerton Village Hall, Tuesday 25 July, 2-7pm
  • Gracious Street Methodist Hall, Knaresborough, Wednesday 26 July, 2-7pm
  • Boroughbridge Library, Thursday 27 July, 2-7pm
  • Wesley Centre, Harrogate, Saturday 29 July, 10am-2pm

Councillor Burnett added: "The council has a responsibility to meet the district's needs for new homes and jobs, and our Local Plan will set out how we meet these needs. I would encourage anyone who wants to comment on the additional sites or the preferred location of a new settlement to register their interest in taking part in this public consultation. They will then be notified as soon as the consultation starts, and be able to view and comment on consultation materials and read the opinions of others."

To register for the next Local Plan public consultation please visit consult.harrogate.gov.uk/common/register.jsp. For those who have previously registered with the portal, or commented on earlier consultations on the Local Plan, there is no need to register again.