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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 cityplan@discoverripon.org

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    1. David,
      if you mean the timescale for producing the plan then we are currently expecting to be able to formally submit the plan to Harrogate Borough Council (as the local planning authority) in the Summer. Harrogate Borough Council will then carry out it’s necessary processes, including an independent examination of the plan, before committing to a date for a community referendum.

      If you mean the planning period which the City Plan will cover then then page 11 of this document (https://cityplanripon.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/drop-in_session_displays_webversion_07-12-13.pdf) says “Our aim is to draw up a plan for the city of Ripon that will provide a framework for its physical change into the 2020s – making Ripon a better place.”

      If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

  1. An easier way of filling in the online questionnaire would be nice. I can imagine that a lot of the older generation would have a lot to say, but may not be so technically savvy.

  2. The plant won’t meet the needs of next generation. Look at the average age of the people involved. It will be the same as normal, a business wants to come to ripon but it won’t meet your needs so it won’t be allowed (b&q). A trendy wine bar wants to open in Ripon but it won’t be allowed because you think it will automatically cause anti social behaviour. The ultimate problem is that your all of a certain age and out of touch!!! The old auction site should be knocked down and houses built, it is unused!!! Parking should be free, Town is dead during the day. You say there is a lot of land that can’t be built on, cause of rivers, I’d say that isn’t your choice and it should be the decision of businesses/ housing developers to make that decision!!!

    1. Thank you for your comments. I’d like to clarify a number of points raised.

      The City Plan is being developed by a group of willing volunteers, without whom, this plan would not have got as far as it has. The team have tried to make the consultation as inclusive as possible and have previously discussed with young people, how they would like to see the City Develop. This is one of the factors behind the proposals for the Bondgate Green Regeneration Area proposal and feedback from young people wanting live / work space within the City.

      At the moment there isn’t a Neighbourhood Plan so all decisions in relation to planning matters are made by Harrogate Borough Council in accordance with their Local Plan. Ultimately any planning application will be considered on its merits and a decision given by Harrogate Borough Council. It is however, then up to the applicant, be it an individual or a business, to decide whether it wishes to go ahead with its proposal. For clarity, anti-social behaviour is not a planning consideration but would be part of the licensing application process.

      There are some considerations that the City Plan should have. Obviously the Auction Mart site was subject to a planning application that was rejected by Harrogate Borough Council. The City Plan team believe that some development is possible at the front of the site but that the rear should become public open space and this is part of our preliminary draft proposals.

      The cost of car parking is also not a planning matter and therefore cannot be considered by the Ripon City Plan. The car parking fees are set by Harrogate Borough Council.

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