What is the Ripon City Plan?

The Ripon City Plan, a Neighbourhood Plan, is a detailed strategy for the future of the parish of Ripon. The concept was developed by Ripon City Council with the joint goal of delivering on the government’s Localism Act of 2011 and identifying a priority task for the City Development Manager to progress.

Neighbourhood plans provide a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community, where the ambition of the neighbourhood is in conformity with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider district local area plan. Once adopted a Neighbourhood Plan is used to consider all planning applications in the designated area of the plan. 

The second strand of the Ripon City Plan is the City Development Initiative Complimentary Projects, which will address the issues highlighted as being important for the development and improvement of the city, but which fall outside the remit of the City Plan.

Who is leading the development of the Neighbourhood Plan in Ripon?

Legislation requires that Ripon City Council lead the development of a Neighbourhood Plan (Ripon City Plan), and the Council is supported by four Ripon organisations who are Ripon Together CIC, Ripon Cathedral, Ripon Chamber of Trade and the Ripon Civic Society. The proposals in the Ripon City Plan have gained the support of Harrogate Borough Council and the approval of the Government with funding to write the plan.

What area will the Ripon City Plan cover?

The area covered by the Ripon City Plan is the existing Parish boundary. This area was designated following a public consultation organised by Harrogate Borough Council in 2012.

What can the Ripon City Plan do?

The Ripon City Plan sets out policies against which planning applications and appeals are assessed, and will shape where development will go and what it will look like, providing a more detailed planning framework for the City.

The City Plan must be in general conformity with national planning policies, and Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Plan. The City Plan team has liaised with HBC planners to avoid any confusion over their and our consultations, and to ensure that comments made in the Ripon City Plan consultation are considered.

What else can the Ripon City Plan set out?

The two consultations undertaken for the City Plan revealed issues outside of planning matters. Comments made were noted and tabulated, and where appropriate the relevant authorities were lobbied. Other issues and suggestions were brought together under the City Development Initiative Complimentary Projects and are included within the Ripon City Plan for action involving the City Development Manager.

Have Neighbourhood Plans been implemented elsewhere?

 In March 2013, Upper Eden in Cumbria became the first area in the Country to have an agreed Neighbourhood Plan to influence planning decisions in the area. Five years later there are several hundred plans in various stages of development with many adopted and in use.


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