Residents to be consulted over new village plans in draft Harrogate Local Plan

The draft Local Plan will be published in November.
The draft Local Plan will be published in November.

A new village designed to deliver thousands of homes will be included in a document setting out Harrogate’s strategic planning priorities for the next two decades.

The Local Plan will set out how a minimum of 11,697 homes will be delivered across the district between now and 2035.

Allocations of land have already been proposed in the plan to meet this strategy, many of which were suggested during the council's Call for Sites in July.

However, the council stated that in order to deliver the amount of new growth required over this period, the development of a new settlement will also be included.

The long-running scheme to transform the former Flaxby Golf Course site has been put forward as well as proposals for a new settlement near Green Hammerton, Kirk Hammerton and Cattal.

Harrogate residents will be able to preview both proposals at a Local Plan Pop-UP Cafe at the Harrogate International Centre on Tuesday, October 25.

The preview event will be held almost three weeks before the Local Plan goes on its six-week consultation on Friday, November 11 before finishing on Friday, December 23.

Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for Planning and Sustainable Development, Coun Rebecca Burnett, explained only one of the settlements will be included in the final Local Plan.

She said: "This is such a big thing to consider. It's more than just a major housing site, it's an entire new settlement but we've not been able to select one yet because we don't have all the facts.

"This means there is more to consider than just what goes in to a normal housing application and we still need more evidence about highways and motorways.

"However, our intention is to let the public know which options are being considered and we are going to make that decision during the next stage.

"We will keep the results of the consultation in mind when considering which scheme to go forward with but it will be more evidence driven."

Of the 11,697 homes required across the district, 685 have already been completed meaning land needed to be found for a minimum of 11,012 remaining homes.

Harrogate Borough Council have already given planning approval to 1,789 homes on 23 of the suggested sites, including 600 at Penny Pot Lane, 450 at Bluecoat Park and 135 at the Former Doublegates Quarry.

The publication of the draft plans mark the culmination of 14 months worth of discussions between the council and its residents of how the town should develop.

The amount of new homes, jobs and where these should be distributed across the district were all included in last year's consultations

The District Development Committee will discuss the draft plans on Tuesday before a final decision on its publication is made on October 20.

Coun Burnett added: “The Local Plan is an extremely important document detailing how we can meet the district’s needs for homes and jobs in the future.

“The plan provides details of policies to guide developments, sites for new homes and jobs, options for new settlements for the district, allocations for local green space and development limits for settlements.

“We have already consulted with the district to get people’s views on a variety of issues such as where they think the focus on growth should be. We have considered these views and many have been incorporated within our draft local plan.

"This is an important document which will help shape the future of our district and I would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation, so that we have a Local Plan which is right for the district.”

The consultation will be available to complete on the council's website from Friday, November 11 at http://consult.harrogate.gov.uk.

However, all relevant documents will be available in the council's Crescent Gardens offices in Harrogate, at Ripon Town Hall, Knaresborough House and in the district's libraries.

The council will also be holding 10 public exhibitions across the district during the first three weeks of the consultation to view consultation materials and discuss ideas with council planning officers.