Welcome to the Ripon City Plan website.  This provides you with up-to-date information about progress on preparing the Plan and here you will find the documents that make up the Plan including the evidence that supports it.

The Plan reached an important moment on 29 March 2018 when it was submitted to Harrogate Borough Council which is responsible now for arranging the next steps leading to the independent examination. Please click here to go straight to the Ripon City Plan Submission Draft.

In 2012, five organisations came together to support preparation of a neighbourhood plan for Ripon: Ripon City Council, the Chamber of Trade, the Greater Ripon Improvement Partnership the Cathedral Chapter and Ripon Civic Society.

Neighbourhood Planning legislation requires that there is a lead body – the “qualifying body” –  which is usually a parish council. Ripon City Council, our parish council, is the qualifying body. Harrogate Borough Council is the Local Planning Authority for the area. Our neighbourhood plan is called the Ripon City Plan. The steps that need to be taken in preparing a neighbourhood plan are set out in Government regulations.

The Ripon City Plan is a vision and strategy for development of the parish up to 2030. It needs to follow the National Planning Policy Framework and be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the Harrogate District Local Plan. On three separate occasions public consultation has given 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.

Ripon City Council set up a Committee to oversee the process of preparing the Ripon City Plan. This comprises six councillors and up to nine non-council members. These people have either extensive expertise and knowledge to support the production of the Plan and / or represent key organisations. All Committee members have a vote and an equal say in the decision-making process. Some of the Committee members were invited to form a working group – the City Plan Team – to take responsibility for preparation of the Plan.

The Committee has been supported by the City Development Manager, who also led the City Plan Team. Meetings may be 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.

Now that the Ripon City Plan has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council, there is a requirement to carry out a further consultation. The response to this consultation and the Plan documents are then passed to an independent examiner. This person will recommend whether the Plan can go forward to a referendum with or without modifications or whether there are fundamental issues which the qualifying body may wish to reconsider.

All responses to the Plan should be submitted via the Harrogate Borough Council Planning Policy Consultation Portal

The referendum is held for the voting residents of Ripon. More than 50% of those voting must vote in favour of the Ripon City Plan for it to be made part of the district’s Local Plan by Harrogate Borough Council.  Ripon City Plan’s policies will carry the same weight as all other policies in the Local Plan.

The 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.

The development of the Ripon City Plan was divided into a number of phases and you can find out more about these 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 before the Submission Draft Plan can be found here.

From time to time the City Plan Team writes a short column which is published in the Ripon Gazette. Copies of these articles 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 cityplan@discoverripon.org