MALTON AND NORTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
There are currently a number of proposals for the Malton and Norton area which will affect the way it looks, the amount of traffic it will need to cater for, and what services will need to be made available.
In addition, Ryedale District Council is currently preparing a new development plan for the District. Once adopted, the Ryedale Local Development Framework will identify the amount and location of future development to take place across the District over the next 15 years or so. It will also set out planning policies against which planning applications will be determined.
Together Malton Town Council and Norton Town Council want to make sure that the future of Malton and Norton is thoroughly considered and that any development to be built in the future and any changes made to services are right for Malton and Norton. To this end, the Town Councils believe that those who live and work in Malton and Norton should play a key role in making decisions about the future of our towns. This is particularly important as there are currently a number of different views being taken by key stakeholders, where some have particular interests.
The Town Councils are therefore preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. This document will articulate what those who live and work in Malton and Norton want for their towns. The process of preparing the Neighbourhood Plan provides an opportunity to explore various issues in a structured manner in order to identify the most appropriate way forward through reaching a level of consensus. The final document will be used to help influence decisions being made about the future of Malton and Norton.
WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?
Neighbourhood Plans are seen as a positive means for communities to decide what should happen in their area and they are an opportunity to plan from the 'bottom up'. This means that rather than North Yorkshire County Council or Ryedale DC leading on what should happen, those who live and work in Malton and Norton will be able to put forward what they would like to see happen for the Local and County Councils to implement or reflect in policy.
The Government is currently drafting legislation for the formal introduction of Neighbourhood Plans. This means that Neighbourhood Plans are expected to be an important part of the future planning process, as they will provide a means for people to influence what happens in the area in which they live and work. More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found by clicking here.
WHY ARE THE TWO TOWN COUNCILS CONSULTING MALTON AND NORTON?
An initial version of a Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan, available to download and view by clicking here, has been drafted by a group of residents and business people who feel that they would like to have an opportunity to influence current proposals for Malton and Norton. The Town Councils are aware that if a Neighbourhood Plan is to be agreed for Malton and Norton it needs to reflect the wider community viewpoint and not just the viewpoint of a specific group of individuals.
The Town Councils are therefore consulting on the issues covered in the draft Neighbourhood Plan in order to establish whether the majority of the people who live and work in Malton and Norton agree with the draft version or take a different view. Consultation is also being undertaken on a number of issues which are not yet covered in the Neighbourhood Plan in order to make sure the Plan is comprehensive.
Following the consultation, the draft Neighbourhood Plan will be amended to reflect the views of the community in order to ensure your interests are represented.
WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?
If those who live and work in Malton and Norton do not decide what they want for the future of their towns then it will be left to North Yorkshire County Council and Ryedale DC to decide. Over the last few years, different parties have spoken out in an attempt to influence the decisions of Ryedale DC. The views of the individual parties may or may not be in the best interests of everyone and Ryedale District Council may choose not to listen.
If a Neighbourhood Plan is presented to Ryedale DC which has been prepared on the basis of consultation and discussion then it will be very difficult for the Council not to listen. This means that there will be a better chance of securing a future for Malton and Norton based on the wishes of those who live and work in the towns.
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