Harrogate Borough Council – A Change to Planning Obligations for Open Space and Village Halls.

Source: Alamy

Source: Alamy

In November 2014 the Government issued a ministerial statement setting out proposed changes to national policy in relation to Section 106 planning obligations, along with corresponding National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG). These changes mean that Councils have not been requiring Planning Applications to pay commuted sums in relation to open spaces and village halls.

However, following a successful legal challenge by two local authorities, the government has now withdrawn the relevant text NPPG which means that Harrogate Borough Council will once again be seeking commuted sums in accordance with adopted Core Strategy Policy C1 ‘Inclusive Communities’ and associated Supplementary Planning Documents.

As from 1st October 2015 all applications received for new residential development will be subject to requirements set out in the policy. The only exception to this approach will be new housing developments of four or less dwellings within the settlements of Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough.

Let us know your thoughts or get in touch if you would like to know more!

A chance to influence the future of Harrogate


Potential masterplan proposals for Montpellier Parade and Prospect Gardens in Harrogate (Source: Harrogate Borough Council)

Potential masterplan proposals for Montpellier Parade and Prospect Gardens in Harrogate (Source: Harrogate Borough Council)

Harrogate Borough Council are seeking views on the future of Harrogate Town centre during a six week consultation running until 16 October 2015. This consultation allows local residents, businesses and community groups to share their views on how Harrogate should develop.

Local planners and urban designers are in the process of producing a Harrogate Town Centre Strategy and Masterplan. The main objective of the strategy and masterplan is to provide an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the town centre and to develop a vision and design for the future, which will ensure Harrogate’s continuing economic prosperity.

The Draft Harrogate Town Centre Strategy and Masterplan features:

  • a summary of the findings of a comprehensive assessment of the current situation in the town centre
  • a vision of what the town centre could be like in 2025 along with a number of strategic objectives that would be necessary to achieve that vision
  • a masterplan for the centre of the town and an outline of the projects and proposals relating to the plan
  • policy recommendations for how to manage the town centre and
  • a plan for implementing the changes proposed in the draft masterplan

Throughout the six-week consultation process there will be a number of ways that the public can find out more about the scheme and give their views including:

  • From now until 16 October the consultation document and supporting baseline report will be available on the council’s website.
  • Public exhibitions on
    • Thursday 10 September, 9am-4pm – Harrogate Farmers Market, Cambridge Street Harrogate
    • Saturday 26 September, 10am-3pm – St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Road, Harrogate
  • An unmanned public exhibition in the glazed foyer at St Peter’s Church on Cambridge Road in Harrogate from Tuesday 22 September to Sunday 4 October.

These consultations will provide an opportunity for people to see the draft vision and objectives for the town centre, along with information on a number of the proposed projects.

Once the public consultation closes, responses will be considered and taken into account within the strategy and masterplan. They will then be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document forming part of the development plan for the district and holding weight when making decisions on future planning applications in the town centre.

So take a look and let the council know what you want the future of Harrogate to be!