Published: 02 December 2018

Harrogate Borough Council's Draft Local Plan, which includes the proposals for 9 houses on Stumps Lane and 88 houses off Sheepcote Lane is now with an Inspector who will decide if it is acceptable or needs changes. He has now issued a Matters, Issues and Questions document as a result of his deliberation of all the documents, and he will use this as the basis for the hearings to be held in January/February 2019.  This and other documents can be found on the Harrogate Local Plan Examination site.
The Inspector has mentioned Darley in several places, questioning whether the large number of houses is justified in what is classed as a Secondary Service Village, and whether large developments are justified in the Nidderdale AONB. He may therefore be receptive to further arguments from the Parish Council.

The Parish Council employed Directions Planning Consultancy to submit its response to the Draft Plan, and is again employing the consultancy to respond to the Matters, Issues and Questions and to represent the Council at the hearings. The Inspector will not accept duplication, so if you think you have specific points to make, it may be worth talking to Sue Welch, Chairman of the Parish Council so that all information is covered. The Council will be commenting on the 61 houses already being built / having been approved, the lack of employment opportunities now that Darley Mill Centre is closed and RAF Menwith Hill has downsized, and the reduction in bus services.