21 Jan 2020

At its meeting on July 30, 2018 the Parish Council approved the decision to proceed with the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

This process should enable the community to have a greater influence on future development within the Parish. This will not replace the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework or Harrogate Borough Council's Local Plan but it will work alongside these, and by enabling us to provide a greater degree of community input, it should help to bring about the type of planned environment where we can all continue to be happy to live and work in the years to come.

The Neighbourhood Plan process will take some time to complete - years rather than months - but work is now underway.


In 2002 the Village Design Statement Kirkby Malzeard 2002. was created by the community and whilst there are some similarities, the Neighbourhood Plan will be legally enforceable and will be more wide reaching in its scope.


In March 2019 the Parish Council made an application to Harrogate Borough Council for the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area. Having discussed this, the Council was of the view that the obvious area was this Parish as a whole, rather than only part of the Parish (such as just Kirkby Malzeard village) or a wider area incorporating other Parishes or villages. 

However in case any neighbouring areas felt strongly that they should be included or had concerns about the proposal, we wrote to each of the adjoining Parish Councils to formally advise them of our intentions. We asked for a response by early December 2018 and those who replied, did not raise any concerns. The opportunity for anyone who lives works or operates within the Parish to let us have their comments was also provided, and no concerns were raised.

This is the Supporting Statement submitted to Harrogate Borough Council with our application which explains what we hope to achieve and the topics it will cover: KMLDPC Neighbourhood Plan Supporting Statement  

Approval was granted by Harrogate Borough Council for the Designation of the Plan Area in April 2019 enabling us to commence work on preparing the Plan:  Decision Notice KMLD N Plan. 


The Parish Council then created a Steering Group to carry out the work of drawing up the Plan, being an advisory committee of the Council. This Group comprises a number of the Councillors and, importantly, also a number of residents.

Current Members: Claire Walker, Anne Hancock, Cllr Jane Aksut, Cllr Peter Saxon (Chair), Cllr Geoffrey Berry, Cllr Fiona Robertshaw and Cllr Chris Floyd. Howard Mountain is the Steering Group Secretary.

If you are interested in also being involved please contact us on We would particularly like to hear from you if you have expertise in Planning, Marketing or any other skills which you feel may be of benefit.

The 'Terms of Reference' of the Steering Group are set out in this document : Neighbourhood-Plan-Steering Group-Terms-of-Reference Version 3 May 2020  

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