Dear Friends and Neighbours

You will be aware that Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) voted to support their Local Plan at the full Council Meeting on the 13th December, including the proposed New Settlement of 3000 houses, named ‘Great Hammerton’.  However a number of Councillors expressed severe reservations about the plan.

What next?

The next stage of the process is a further consultation period followed by the submission of the Plan to the Government Inspector via an Examination in Public (EIP).  The EIP represents our best chance of challenging the Plan as it’s undertaken out of Harrogate Borough Council’s control and assessed by an independent Inspector, who will not only review the Plan but will also factor into account feedback from 3rd parties (such as ourselves) before coming to a decision as to whether the Plan should be adopted.

This is an opportunity to make representations to a truly independent person delivered by professional advocates and expert witnesses.

What YOU can do

Previous objections will not be counted so we have to write again – a newsletter is being delivered to every house in Green Hammerton from tomorrow, outlining what we all can do. 

Come and meet a planning expert who can help

To give ourselves the best chance of success at this next crucial stage of the campaign, we have engaged a professional planning consultant, Richard Raper – BA(Hons) Dip TP, MRTPI – to represent us. 

Richard is a highly experienced, professional planning consultant, who has represented many blue-chip organisations including Ladbrokes and high street banks and was previously a planner with Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, so knows how Councils work. He has agreed to represent us at a specially discounted rate and feels we have a very strong case.  It’s interesting that as well as the reservations of a number of Councillors, independent bodies such as Harrogate Chamber of Trade are now coming out against the scheme.

Richard will be at Kirk Hammerton Parish Council Meeting on Monday 29th January at 7:30pm in the Kirk Hammerton St John The Baptist Church to outline how the process works and the areas he and we should focus on.  Everyone is welcome – please come and learn more and ask him questions