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Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Government under the Localism Act of 2011. It’s an important and powerful tool that gives communities such as Malton and Norton statutory powers to help with their development.

  • It’s a document that sets out planning policies for the area – and these planning policies are used to decide whether in the future Ryedale District Council as our Local Planning Authority is able to approve planning applications
  • It’s a document that’s written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
  • It’s a powerful tool to help ensure that our community gets the right types of development, in the right place


How have we created our Neighbourhood Plan?

The whole point of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it is community led.  A steering committee was originally formed in 2011, which faltered, but momentum then again gathered pace when a second steering group was created during 2016 which included representatives from the whole community of Malton and Norton; a number of separate focus groups also met on many occasions to consider the details of what should be included.  These focus groups included residents, businesses, community groups, schools and churches – to find out what’s important to us where we live, what we’d like to improve, and what our vision is for the local area.

An essential part of the process was also the need to gather evidence to back up the ideas that the community wants to see. Using this feedback and evidence, we secured grant funding to engage a specialist for technical support and to provide professional advice to help write the planning policies that will make our community’s vision a reality.

Broadly, our Neighbourhood Plan is a framework for considering a range of issues including:

  • The development of housing, and provision for businesses to set up or expand their premises
  • Transport and movement, including issues around roads, traffic management, car parking, rail access, cycling, and walking
  • The development of schools, health facilities, leisure and entertainment facilities, and other meeting places for the community to use
  • The enhancement of our environment and streetscene, including the design of buildings and improvements to our conservation areas, and ways in which we can take pride in the appearance of our towns
  • The river corridor, including the improvement of access, development along the river frontage, buildings affected by flood risk – and our flood defences
  • Tourism and the heritage of our community, including the protection of important buildings, archaeological sites and other historic assets
  • The protection and creation of open space, sports pitches, play areas, trees, parkland and gardens

In early 2019, the town councils asked for informal input on a number of outstanding policy option issues and intended site designations.

The policy options covered three key topics as follows:

  • The proposed housing mix for the towns;
  • Wentworth Street Car Park; and
  • The pedestrianisation of Malton Market Place

Following this consultation, the plan was screened in respect of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA), as a result of which full SEA and HRA reports were prepared to inform the revision of plan policies.

Following minor adjustments the plan moved forward to a statutory six week consultation in February 2021, after which the final plan, amended as necessary, was submitted to Ryedale District Council in January 2022, to organise an independent examination. We anticipate that the plan will come into force in mid to late 2022, following a referendum of all electoral role voters within the Neighbourhood Area. Thereafter, Ryedale District Council will have a legal obligation to apply the policies when making planning decisions and inspectors similarly in deciding appeals.

Further Information

 Should you have any further queries about the Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Development Plan please contact the town councils at emails above or telephone 01653 609888 Malton Town Council and 01653 695348 Norton Town Council.


In accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Malton and Norton-on-Derwent Town Councils have now submitted the Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton (‘The Neighbourhood Plan’) to Ryedale District Council (RDC).

  • Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton Submission Plan
  • Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton Submission Proposals Map
  • Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton Consultation Statement
  • Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton Basic Conditions Statement
  • Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton SEA and HRA Reports

This Submission Neighbourhood Plan is being submitted by qualifying bodies, namely Malton Town Council and Norton-on-Derwent Town Council. The plan proposal relates to planning matters (the use and development of land) and has been prepared in accordance with the statutory requirements and processes set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012. The Neighbourhood Plan proposal does not deal with county matters (mineral extraction and waste development), nationally significant infrastructure or any other matters set out in Section 61K of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Neighbourhood Plan proposal relates to the designated Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Area and to no other area. There are no other Neighbourhood Plans relating to that area.

M&N NP Submission Final

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NP-Proposals MAP- submission

Malton & Norton NP Consultation Statement

Malton & Norton NP Basic Conditions Statement

Malton and Norton NP SEA Report November 2021

SEA Appendices 1 – 5 November 2021

Malton and Norton NP HRA December 2021



Neighbourhood Plan Pre Submission Draft

Proposals Map


Neighbourhood Area Designation

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application

Neighbourhood Plan Governance Structure

Consultant Selection 2016

Appointment of Consultants / Tender For EU Screening 2019

Candidate Consultants List 2019

Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Focus Group Meetings

Malton and Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings


Town Council Response To Proposal Minute 196 03/11 21st March 2011

Updated Town Council Response To Proposal Minute 214 04/11 18th April 2011

Ryedale DC Confirm Funding Minute 184 March 2012

£2000 contribution agreed Minute 012 May 2012

Appointment of Sub Committee Minute 026 June 2013

Reference Parish Boundary Adjacent To Settrington Minute 018 May 2014

Begin Review of Draft Plan Minute 184 January 2015

Broader Committee and Chair Minute 192 February 2015

Chair Appointment Minute 214 March 2015

Consultant Appointment Steering Group Minute 017 January 2016

Request To Attend Focus Groups Minute 195 March 2016

Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting Minute 013 May 2016

Focus Group Conclusion and Draft Policy Intentions Document Minute 083 Sept 2016

Heritage Group reviews Conservation Area appraisals Minute 175 February 2017

Working Through Policy Intentions Document Minute 200 March 2017

Draft Policy Intentions Document ready for Consultation 057 August 2017

Approval of Consultation Document and Map Minute 030 June 2018

Outstanding Policy Options Issues Minute 155 January 2019

Agree EU Screening Funding Minute 018 May 2019

Agree Map update funding Minute 049 July 2019

Moving to Regulation 14 Consultation Minute 132 December 2020


Community Questionnaire April 2011

Letter to Ryedale District Council Consultation Results August 2011

Directions Planning Schedule of Responses June 2011

Directions Planning Analysis of Responses June 2011

Policies Update Following Consultation

Letter Invitations To Focus Groups and Steering Groups 2015

Final Policy Options Consultation Newsletter 2019

Informal Sites Consultation Results Grid 2019


-RDC Air Quality Annual Status Report 2019 – available at:

-RDC Ryedale Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Report 2010 – available at:

Strategic Housing Market Assessment – 2010 – Ryedale District Council

Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report

Old Malton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

Malton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

Norton Conservation Area Character Appraisal

2011 Localism Act –available at:

Ryedale Local Plan – available at:

Ryedale Shopfront Design and Signs Supplementary Planning Guidance – available at:

SPGShopFrontDesignandSigns-reduce.doc (

Yorkshire and Humber Green Infrastructure Mapping Project, 2009 – available at:

National Planning Policy Framework – available at:–2

National Planning Practice Guidance – available at:-

Malton (Old Town) Conservation Area Designation – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Conservation areas

Norton-on-Derwent Conservation Area Designation – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Conservation areas

Ryedale Community Infrastructure Levy – information available at:

Ryedale District Council – Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Malton and Norton Strategic Transport Assessment (STA) 2010 – available at:

Ryedale District Council – Infrastructure

Malton Air Quality Management Area – information available at:

LAQM Action Plan – Post Consultation Final 30.01.12.docx (