'Template' for Knaresborough's future published in draft plan

Councillor Bill Rigby. Picture: Adrian Murray

Councillor Bill Rigby. Picture: Adrian Murray

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A draft plan which sets out how Knaresborough should look over the next two decades has now been published.

The Knaresborough Neighboorhood Plan culminates two years of work by the town council and the responses of a survey sent to all residents, to set out ‘how the town should look over the next 20/30 years’.

The draft plan forms a number of planning policies and guidelines to be considered between 2017 and 2035, and has been described by town mayor, Councillor Bill Rigby (Grn), as the ‘template’ for Knaresborough’s future.

Coun Rigby said: What we will be doing is not only talking about the places for housing but the expectations we have for the design of the housing and the balance between expensive and affordable, with particular attention to the town centre.

“Developers won’t just have a free hand but rather a template for how things should be done in Knaresborough and how we want to see them done.

The town council has had discussions with Harrogate Borough Council throughout the creation of the draft plan, which will go to consultation later this year.

A final draft plan will then go to consultation next year. More information can be found on Knaresborough Town Council’s website.