209A major consultation programme to work out how much land should be provided to accommodate new homes and jobs which are needed in Hambleton in the next 19 years kicks off next month.

It forms part of the first stage in preparing a new Local Plan for Hambleton.

“Having a plan in place will ensure that new development takes place in a coordinated way so that we get the right kind of development in the right location,” said Councillor Brian Phillips, Portfolio Holder for Environmental and Planning Services.

“We are keen to hear your thoughts about how we can ensure Hambleton makes the most of its attractive rural location and distinctive places, so our economy grows and our people are healthy and prosperous.

“This summer we held a number of workshops with organisations who have interests in Hambleton, including local businesses, utility providers, healthcare organisations, housing providers and local interest groups. This helped us to compile a list of issues which will need to be addressed through the new Plan but we would like to know if there are other factors we should include.

“At the moment we have been focusing growth in the centre of the district, primarily in  Northallerton and Thirsk and Sowerby, but this approach is under challenge from developers promoting sites around Easingwold and Stokesley, where we aim to restrain growth.  We would like your views on whether this is the right approach or should we be spreading new development more  venly across the District?”

As part of the consultation, council officers will visit all of Hambleton’s five market towns in January to help discuss some of the issues and options for growth in more detail.

Further information about the Issues and Options consultation is available at www.hambleton.gov.uk/localplan  or email the planning policy team at  planningpolicy@hambleton.gov.uk

Drop in sessions are taking place at:

Galtres Centre, Lounge area, Easingwold, Tuesday 12 January:   2 – 7pm

Thirsk Town Hall, Large Annexe, Thirsk, Thursday 14 January:   2 – 6.30pm

Northallerton Town Hall, Lower Hall, Northallerton, Tuesday 19 January:  2 – 7pm

Stokesley Town Hall, Stokesley Room, Stokesley, Thursday 21 January: 2 – 7pm

Bedale Hall, Ball room, Bedale, Thursday 28 January: 2 – 7pm