The development of the Ripon City Plan has been broken down into a number of phases. Some of these phases are statutory, as outlined in the Neighbourhood Planning legislation, whilst other phases have been identified from good practice guidance and advice, and we have felt are appropriate for the development of the Ripon City Plan.
Outlined below is a broad overview of each of the phases and how the development of the Ripon City Plan will progress. Further details about each phase can be found by clicking on each of the seven phases.
Starting Out – Defining the Neighbourhood Area: Proposing the geographic area that the Ripon City Plan will cover, consulting upon it and having it designated as a Neighbourhood Area, all in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning legislation.
This phase was completed in December 2012 when the Parish of Ripon was designated as a Neighbourhood Area.
Phase One – Initial Consultation and Collecting Information: Consulting with those people that live, work, shop, visit and do business in Ripon and organisations that have an interest in the City to identify issues and opportunities. Also, collecting data and information to inform the development of the Ripon City Plan using a sound evidence base.
The consultation element of this phase ended in June 2012, with analysis of the consultation responses taking place during July and August of that year.
Phase Two – Developing and Consulting on the Preliminary Draft Ripon City Plan: Work on the initial consultation responses and data on the City was turned into a preliminary draft Ripon City Plan, which set out ideas, aspirations and priorities. It established the vision and objectives for what should be achieved by 2030, identified the strategic backdrop, understanding issues and constraints on the city’s future development, and outlined proposals for what could be delivered.
The preliminary draft Ripon City Plan was published in September 2014 and consultation ended in November 2014.
Phase Three – Producing and Consulting on the Draft Ripon City Plan: Using the feedback from the preliminary draft plan consultation revised the ideas and proposals. Completing the collation and analysis of the evidence base. Producing the detailed planning policies that will enable the vision and objectives to be delivered and the outcomes associated with making Ripon a better place to be achieved.
The draft Ripon City Plan was published on Monday 19th September 2016 and consultation ended on 23rd December 2016.
Phase Four – Reviewing and finalising the Ripon City Plan: Analysis of the feedback from the Draft Ripon City Plan consultation. Considering proposed revisions, re-writing policies and finalisation of evidence of the draft Ripon City Plan.
This took place between December 2016 and January 2018.
Phase Five – Submission, Further Consultation and Examination: Agreement to formally submit the Ripon City Plan to Harrogate Borough Council as the local planning authority. Further six-week consultation followed by independent examination to consider any representations and check that the plan conforms to national and local planning policy. HBC Consultation is likely to be held in May and June 2018.
This is expected to take place between March 2018 and Summer 2018.
Phase Six- Community Referendum: Community referendum amongst voters within the Neighbourhood Area, to ascertain support for the Ripon City Plan.
This is currently expected to take place during Autumn 2018
Phase Seven – Implementation: Formal implementation of the policies and proposals.
If more than 50% of those residents voting vote in favour at the Community Referendum, then implementation follows, and is likely in Autumn 2018.