MALTON AND NORTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
BACKGROUND TO THE CONSULTATION
WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a written document that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a defined area, and sets out what an area should look like, where new shops, businesses and homes should go and what green spaces should be protected. It also sets out policies for action that could result in an improved neighbourhood.
The Government is currently in the process of introducing new legislation which will require local authorities to support communities in preparing Neighbourhood Plans. Local authorities will also be required to formally adopt Neighbourhood Plans where they have been prepared in accordance with certain guidelines.
DEFINING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
For the purposes of this Neighbourhood Plan, ‘Neighbourhood’ is taken to mean the towns of Malton and Norton including Old Malton.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Developing a Neighbourhood Plan should bring together residents, businesses, property owners and community organisations – all those who have a stake in the neighbourhood – to share ideas and focus on issues that are important to everyone, to pinpoint important short and long-term goals and to identify those who will be responsible for achieving them.
The Government will expect the Parish or Town Council to lead preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan with the support of the District Council.
Everyone who lives, works or plays in the area will benefit from a Neighbourhood Plan. A well-developed Neighbourhood Plan should help agencies, at Local, County and Government levels, to better understand the priorities of the area and its community in order that they may serve it better. By setting out the basis on which development will be accepted then the intention is that Neighbourhood Plans should help deliver the right type of development to benefit a community.
STATUS OF THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
The two Town Councils have now endorsed the draft Neighbourhood Plan for the purposes of providing a basis for consultation.This draft version only provides a starting point for discussion. The involvement of the community in this consultation is now essential to shape the contents of the Neighbourhood Plan. The final Neighbourhood Plan will only have value if it truly reflects the wishes of the Community.
ROLE OF RYEDALE DISTRICT COUNCIL
The two Town Councils want the Neighbourhood Plan to form the basis of a constructive dialogue with Ryedale DC concerning the future of Malton and Norton. Ryedale DC will therefore be asked to acknowledge the role of the Neighbourhood Plan in shaping the future of the towns. The Town Councils will also ask Ryedale DC to support them in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with the emerging legislation.
The facts and figures which have been used in the drafting of the Neighbourhood Plan have been collated from a number of sources, including Census information, reports, studies and assessments prepared on behalf of Ryedale DC and North Yorkshire County Council. In particular, the Neighbourhood Plan draws heavily on the evidence base which has been prepared to inform the Ryedale Local Development Framework. This is because it is intended that the Neighbourhood Plan will be used to influence the Local Development Framework and there will be a requirement in future for the Neighbourhood Plan to form part of the local planning framework, so it is sensible that the baseline information is consistent.
The evidence base for the Local Development Framework can be viewed at http://extranet.ryedale.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=7146