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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. 
An amended plan was subject to a further statutory consultation between 27th January and 10th March 2023. Following further amendment, the plan was re-submitted to North Yorkshire Council (NYC) on 1st August for further publicity/consultation and independent examination. The examination took place in late 2023/early 2024, with the final examiner’s report delivered to NYC on 28th February. The report can be viewed by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of the page below. 
The final plan, amended in line with the examiner’s recommendations, will be subject to a referendum of all voters on the electoral roll in Malton and Norton parishes later this year. 
The final examiners report can be viewed at the link below 
Basic Conditions Statement Annexes 
Consultaton Statement Annexes 


Basic Conditions Statement Annexes 
Consultaton Statement Annexes 


2nd Pre Submission Documents


First Submission

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 (