A six-week consultation on a neighbourhood plan which will guide all future developments in Malton and Norton-on-Derwent has been launched.
It is the last chance for local people to comment on the plan and have their say on how the area around the two towns will be shaped up to 2027.
The Malton and Norton-on-Derwent Neighbourhood Plan has been drawn up by the two town councils but has been sent out for consultation by us before it goes for examination. If approved, it will be considered alongside a planning blueprint called the Local Plan in all future planning applications.
The neighbourhood plan includes a detailed vision statement on how the community wants to see the area develop over the years to 2027, with a set of objectives on how that can be achieved. That includes plans to:
- Protect and improve the environment, particularly the River Derwent.
- Cut congestion and improve air quality.
- Improve connectivity between Malton and Norton.
- Improve community access to the River Derwent.
- Enhance the visual quality of the towns.
- Protect heritage assets.
- Encourage regeneration and development of vacant plots of land.
- Capitalise on history and culture to develop tourism.
- Build on the town’s economic strengths.
- Protect and improve community services and facilities.
- Encourage housing provision that meets local needs.
Executive member for open to business, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: “Malton and Norton boast a rich heritage and culture, and these are the bedrocks on which the plan is based.
“Neighbourhood plans are an important part of the planning process, allowing communities to help shape their area and therefore guide future developments. We hope people will express their views on it.”
The consultation runs until Friday, 20 October. See the documents and comment online or representations can be submitted via the portal.