Off Line Feedback on Local Plan

Confirmation from Harrogate Council that views on local plan can be made off line.
Anyone not able to access the information, or respond online, can view the main consultation documents in the district’s libraries as well as the council offices at Crescent Gardens, Ripon Town Hall and at Knaresborough House.

You can submit any comments by writing to the Planning Policy team at:

Planning and Development Harrogate Borough Council
P.O. Box 787

Please ensure that you put the consultation you are responding to, your name and full contact address on any comments you submit so that we can properly register them against the correct consultation.

Groups Come Together to Fight New Local Plan

A unique collaboration of local resident groups, parish councils and local businesses have come together to challenge the draft local plan recently published by Harrogate Council. The group, made up of representatives from South and West Harrogate based parish councils, resident groups and key Harrogate based businesses have held an emergency meeting to review the current development proposals.

The group has raised concerns on the number of developments planned for the Harlow, Pannal Ash and Beckwithshaw areas of Harrogate with proposals for over 2600 houses equivalent to a new mini town. It plans to vigorously challenge the proposals as part of the consultation process.

A spokesperson for the group said:

"This area has recently seen several housing developments approved for the area but no credible plans to improve the infrastructure. The congestion on Otley Road and surrounding streets and lanes are obvious for all to see but is often ignored, are the frequent power cuts, drainage issues, poor water pressure and the wider infrastructure needs for a sustainable community. The situation will only become significantly worse if these new developments are approved."

“This isn’t a case of NIMBYISM but a case of common sense. Several alternative sites are available, such as Flaxby Village and Hammerton, that would not only would give links to major A roads but also have access to current rail lines. These should be the preferred options for the council. “

A spokesperson for Cardale Park businesses added:

“The Cardale Park area of Harrogate is the major employment hub, for not only Harrogate, but for the entire district with thousands of people employed around this campus. The current infrastructure and transport links are already inadequate with already some companies looking elsewhere when they expand. Any additional load on the area could be disastrous for the local economy.” 

Residents are asked to sign up for newsletters to keep in touch with developments and to post any relevant pictures and videos to support the submission. Information is being collated at with Facebook and Twitter feeds being used to load views and evidence.

Residents are also being encouraged by the group to make their views known, particularly regarding current infrastructure issues, on the local plan available from the 11th Nov. Views should ideally be formally recorded online via the council’s portal at


Harrogate Borough Council will be holding a six week consultation on the Draft Local Plan between 11 November and 23 December 2016.

The Draft Local Plan sets out how the district should grow and develop to 2035 and includes:

  • Policies to guide development
  • Sites for new homes and jobs
  • Options for a new settlement for the district
  • Allocations for Local Green Space
  • Development limits for settlements

The easiest way to submit your comments on the forthcoming consultation will be to use the online consultation portal at

If you have not accessed the consultation portal recently we advise that you do so before the consultation starts to ensure you are familiar with your login and password details. If you have any issues there is a “Help” section on the home screen. Please refer to the FAQs section to find help on what to do if you need to re-set your password or have forgotten your username.  If you haven’t already done so, please ensure that you have provided a valid postal address, including full post code as part of your contact details. 

If you have any questions relating to the consultation portal please do contact the Planning Policy Team on 01423 500600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..