Welcome to the Ripon City Plan website which provides up-to-date information about the Plan’s development, and all of the evidence and phases of the Plan to date.
The Ripon City Plan is a detailed vision and strategy for the future of the parish, the City of Ripon, and through consultation over three phases gave an opportunity for local people to have a greater say about the future of their city, shaping where new development will go and what it will look like.
Neighbourhood Planning legislation requires that there is a lead body, which must be a local authority. Consequently, the Ripon City Council as the lead body established a working group and a Committee to oversee the process of making a Neighbourhood Plan. The Committee comprised of six councillors and up to nine non-council members who have either extensive expertise or knowledge to support the production of the Ripon City Plan and / or represent key organisations. All Committee members have a vote and an equal say in the decision-making process.
The Committee is supported by the City Development Manager and is attended by a nominated officer of Harrogate Borough Council, in an advisory capacity, to ensure links between the Ripon City Plan and the Harrogate District Local Plan. This is important because the City Plan will be submitted to Harrogate Borough Council as the Local Planning Authority, who are required by the Neighbourhood Planning legislation to carry out a consultation following submission of the City Plan, and hold a referendum for the voting residents of Ripon, more than 50% of whom must vote in favour for the City Plan to be adopted and implemented into planning law.
The development, collating of the evidence, production of documents, organisation of consultations, and the analysis of comments and feedback from the residents has been done by the City Plan Team, comprising of the City Development Manager and a small team of committed volunteers with experience and knowledge in planning matters, and the character, atmosphere and workings of the City.
The development of the Ripon City Plan was divided into a number of phases and you can find out more about the work to date and future phases of work here.
You can also find some frequently asked questions (FAQs) in relation to Neighbourhood Planning and the Ripon City Plan here.
All of the documents which we have published during the various phases of developing the Ripon City Plan can be found here.
Finally, in most months the City Plan Team write a small column which is published in the Ripon Gazette. Copies of the articles that were submitted can be found here.
If you require any further information about the Ripon City Plan please contact the City Plan Team via Hugh Ripley Hall telephone: (01765) 804080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org