Local Plan: New consultation to give Harrogate residents their say on new sites

The additional six-week public consultation begins from Friday, July 14
The additional six-week public consultation begins from Friday, July 14

Newly timetabled consultation is due to take place in the coming weeks, giving residents and businesses a chance to have their say on the district's draft local plan.

The additional six-week public consultation begins from Friday, July 14, with five public events scheduled to take place as Harrogate Borough Council presents new sites for housing, businesses and traveller provision within the district. Approval for the new consultation period was given last month shortly after consultants informed the council of a higher demand for housing and businesses sites.
Coun 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.”

These housing new sites are likely to be restricted to double or low triple digit figure, according to Coun Burnett.

Residents will also have the opportunity to add their comments to the preferred location of a new settlement, which has been identified by planners as needed within the district to meet housing demands. Planning officers have so far recommended this should be located in Green Hammerton.

Comments will also be taken on the need to meet demand for a alternative gypsy and traveller site, which Coun Burnett has previously stated will 'utilise existing sites rather than using new ones.

The consultation will run until Friday 25 August 2017 and you can register to take part by visiting consult.harrogate.gov.uk/common/register.jsp.

For those already registered with the portal, or if you have commented on an earlier consultation, the council have said you do not need to register again.

Event Dates

Ripon Town Hall, Wednesday July, 19, 2-7pm

Green Hammerton Village Hall, Tuesday July, 25, 2-7pm

Gracious Street Methodist Hall, Knaresborough, Wednesday July, 26, 2-7pm

Boroughbridge Library, Thursday July, 27, 2-7pm

Wesley Centre, Harrogate, SaturdayJuly, 29, 10am-2pm