Emerging planning guidance

We produce planning guidance to help applicants make successful applications for planning permission. Current planning guidance can be found by visiting the planning guidance page.

We are preparing the following new supplementary planning documents (SPDs) to add further guidance to policies in the recently adopted Harrogate District Local Plan 2014-2035:

  • Affordable Housing SPD
  • Rural Workers Dwellings SPD
  • Air Quality SPD
  • Avoiding Net Loss of Biodiversity SPD
  • Open Space and Village Hall Contributions SPD

SPDs build upon and provide more detailed guidance on the operation of planning policies. They are a material consideration when determining applications for planning permission and their advice should be followed.

Updates

October 2020: Consultation on draft documents

We are consulting on draft SPDs. The consultation takes place between Monday 12 October and Friday 11 December (4.30pm).

The consultation documents and details of how to provide comments can be found on our consultation portal using the links below:

May 2020: Preparation of new supplementary planning documents (SPDs)

We have begun the preparation of the following new SPDs:

Affordable Housing SPD. This will support local plan policy HS2: Affordable Housing. It will replace existing guidance titled Negotiating Affordable Housing Contributions (Nov 2015).

Rural Workers Dwellings SPD. This will support local plan policy HS9: Rural Workers Dwellings.

Air Quality SPD. This will support local plan policy NE1: Air Quality.

Avoiding Net Loss of Biodiversity SPD. This will support aspects of local plan policy NE3: Protecting the Natural Environment.

Open Space and Village Hall Contributions SPD. This will support aspects of local plan policies TI4: Delivery of New Infrastructure and HP7: New Sports, Open Space and Recreation Development. It will replace the following existing SPDs: Provision of Open Space in Connection with New Housing Development SPD (revised 2015) and Provision for Village Halls in Connection with New Housing Development SPD (revised 2015).