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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 with the new North Yorkshire 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
After statutory consultation in February/March 2021, the Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to Ryedale District Council in January 2022. The plan was subsequently withdrawn in the second half of 2022 in order that key identified amendments, relating primarily to highway improvements and Local Green Space could be made. 
The amended plan will now be subject to a further statutory consultation commencing 27th January and ending 10th March. Following further amendment as necessary, the plan will then be re-submitted to the new North Yorkshire Council (NYC), for further publicity/consultation, examination and a referendum of everyone on the towns’ voting register. If successful at referendum, NYC will have a legal obligation to then ‘adopt’ the plan and to consider its policies when making planning decisions. Similarly, inspectors in deciding planning 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.


Regulation 14 Consultation

Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 14 Public Consultation – Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton 
In accordance with Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 14, Malton Town Council and Norton on Derwent Town Council are undertaking a public consultation and would like to invite comments from organisations and individuals on its 2nd Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Development Plan. 
The public consultation runs from Friday 27th January until Friday 10th March 2023. 
Proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton 
Malton Town Council and Norton on Derwent Town Council have produced a Neighbourhood Development Plan which covers the whole of the civil parishes of Malton and Norton on Derwent. The plan contains a vision for the parishes along with a set of objectives, planning policies and proposals and non-planning community actions to achieve the vision. The planning policies within the plan seek to protect the character and meet the needs of the parishes, with policies guiding new development, notably for traffic, transport and travel, community facilities and services, housing and economic development, as well as protection and enhancement policies relating to the green environment (including Local Green Spaces) and the built environment (including the towns’ 3 conservation areas). 
Following this consultation, the plan will be amended as necessary and then submitted to North Yorkshire Council (NYC), as required, for a further Regulation 16 consultation and independent examination. The plan, if successful at examination, will then proceed to a local referendum. If the plan receives a majority vote NYC will adopt the plan which will then become part of the statutory development plan – the Local Plan – for the area. Any planning applications submitted within the boundary will be determined in accordance with this plan. 
Aim of this consultation 
This consultation seeks your views on the content of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton, in particular the following key amendments that have been made post-withdrawal of the originally submitted plan: 
1. Removal of a pedestrian, cycleway and bridleway improvement route from Middlecave Road-Malton Community Sports Centre (via Malton School Grounds) (Policy TM1). 
2. Strengthening policies relating to the provision of cycle parking (Policy TM1). 
3. Removal of a proposed vehicular junction at Braygate Road/Castle Howard Road and the A64 (Policy TM3). 
4. Amending the policy relating to a potential Southern By-pass. The new policy states this is supported, subject to further technical assessment (Policy TM3). 
5. An additional Local Green Space Designation for the area to the west of Malton, known as High Malton (land between Castle Howard Road, Middlecave Road, and the A64) (Policy E1 
6. Strengthening policies relating to the Malton Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) (Policy E6). 
7. Amending the policy relating to Castle Gardens to provide protection against the removal of trees (Policy HD4). 
In parallel, the town councils are also consulting, as required, on updated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Reports, including statutory consultation with Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency. 
Availability of Documents 
The proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan for Malton and Norton, the Neighbourhood Plan Proposals Map, the SEA and HRA Reports, together with other supporting documents and the evidence base can be viewed on this website by using the tab headings on this page. 
The plan, map and reports may also be viewed on Ryedale District Council’s website at: 
Deposit Locations 
Hard copies of the consultation document, proposals map, SEA and HRA reports are also available for inspection at the following deposit locations: 
Norton Hive Library, Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES 
Opening Times Tues 10am – 4pm, Weds 10am – 4pm, Thurs 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm. 
Malton Library, St Michaels Street, Malton, YO17 7LJ 
Opening Times Mon 9.30am – 5pm, Tues 9.30am – 7pm, Wed 9.30am – 5pm, Fri 9.30am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 12noon. 
Malton Town Council, The Wesley Centre, 10-12 Saville Street, Malton, YO17 7LL 
Opening Times Mon to Thurs 9am – 5pm. 
Prefer call frst, sometimes out of office 01653 609888. 
Norton Town Council, 84b Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES 
Opening Times Mon to Thurs 9am – 5pm. 
Prefer call frst, sometimes out of office 01653 695348. 
How to Comment 
The town councils welcome your comments. Comments should be submitted, preferably electronically, using the Survey Monkey questionnaire accessible via  
Paper questionnaires will also be available at deposit points and can be returned at:- 
Malton Town Council, The Wesley Centre, 10-12 Saville Street, Malton, YO17 7LL 
Norton Town Council, 84b Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES 
The deadline for comments is 5pm on Friday 10th March 2023. The councils cannot accept any late comments. 
Further Information 
Should you have any further queries about the Neighbourhood Plan for Malton and Norton please contact the town councils at: 01653 609888 01653 695348 



M&N NP Submission Final

Malton and Norton NP HRA December 2021

SEA Appendices 1 – 5 November 2021

Malton and Norton NP SEA Report November 2021

Malton & Norton NP Basic Conditions Statement

Malton & Norton NP Consultation Statement

NP-Proposals MAP- submission

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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 (