Image courtesy of Pobl Group ‘Loftus Garden Village, Newport'
Our vision for Maltkiln Village is for a new community centred around the existing railway station at Cattal and based on Garden Village principles – setting new buildings in extensive landscaping. It would deliver at least 3,000 new homes of a variety of sizes (from 1 to 5 bedrooms), a variety of types (houses, bungalows and apartments) and a variety of tenures (rent, shared ownership and open market sale). This would include starter homes for those taking their first step onto the housing ladder, homes specifically designed and managed for older people, as well as serviced individual plots for people who wish to build their own homes.
Maltkiln would have its own community facilities, including:
- A new primary school
- Local shops
- A doctors’ surgery
- Multi-purpose rooms for community uses
- Buildings of different sizes suitable for local businesses and employers. Oakgate have been working closely with Johnson’s of Whixley, who would like to expand and modernise their business by relocating locally. This would protect the long term future of the nursery and keep jobs in the local area.
At this stage in the planning process, the emphasis is on the location of the new settlement rather than its design. We have drawn up an indicative masterplan to illustrate how Maltkiln Village would sit together and within its surroundings. This masterplan has been further amended following engagement with local people in 2017.
Although it would be premature to prepare detailed designs without support for our location and further local consultation, we have included some images on the website to indicate the quality of new housing that a new settlement could provide – they are not definite proposals for Maltkiln Village as every development should be designed specifically for its location.
As Harrogate Borough Council’s draft Local Plan and proposed Development Plan Document (DPD) progress, we want to work with local residents and businesses to evolve the design ahead of any future planning application. More information about the Local Plan and DPD process can be found below.
Harrogate Borough Council is required by national planning policies to prepare a Local Plan that identifies suitable and deliverable sites for the number of new homes that will be required between now and 2035. The Council has consistently included consideration of a new settlement of 3,000 new homes in its growth strategy as part of ensuring that the district’s housing needs can be met during the later stages of the Local Plan period and in future plan periods.
The Council’s proposed Local Plan still envisages smaller scale housing developments throughout the district, as it would be inappropriate to attempt to meet all housing needs in one location. However, the creation of a new settlement would provide the best opportunity to meet a considerable amount of future housing demand while also ensuring that:
- The necessary infrastructure and local facilities are planned and delivered as an integral part of the development
- The development is planned and delivered as an identifiable and desirable place in its own right
- There is an appropriate mix of community, leisure and employment uses to complement the new housing
- The new housing offer is sufficiently varied to meet a wide range of local housing needs and individual circumstances
Smaller scale piecemeal development cannot provide the same comprehensive approach to planning and delivery as that of a well designed and managed new settlement.
The Council is currently consulting on the final draft of the Local Plan. The consultation began in January 2018 and runs until 4.30pm on Friday 9 March 2018.
The proposed Local Plan would then be submitted to Government in summer 2018 and a Planning Inspector would examine the draft Local Plan during the winter of 2018/19 as part of deciding whether the Council’s proposals are realistic and deliverable. During the examination stage it is possible for the public and interested parties to make representations to the Planning Inspector.
What is the Council’s current preferred location?
As part of the Local Plan process, the Council have been considering a shortlist of locations for the new settlement:
What about Deighton Grange and Flaxby?
Deighton Grange and Flaxby sites are not supported by the Council as options for the new settlement.
You may be aware that the owners of the Flaxby site have recently submitted a planning application for a new settlement there, which seeks to pre-empt the completion of the Council’s Local Plan and DPD process.
The application to bring a new settlement to Flaxby is:
- Not a ‘plan-led’ as it does not follow the plan making process set out within the Council’s adopted policies and the draft Local Plan.
- Not compliant with existing adopted planning policy such as the Council’s Development Plan.
- Contrary to the soon to be examined Local Plan, which is based on public consultation and evidence collection that identifies a different site for a new settlement within the district.
- Flaxby does not benefit from direct access to the railway line. In fact, the nearest operational station is over 5km from the Flaxby site and not accessible from the site by public transport, cycle or on foot. Therefore, Flaxby would be heavily reliant on car based journeys rather than more sustainable modes of transport.
- The community infrastructure proposed at Flaxby is only capable of providing for the day to day needs of the new residents and does not provide for their health needs, meaning residents will need to travel by car to other facilities.
- Flaxby does not provide significant and major investment in highways and rail infrastructure, the Flaxby application does mention the possibility of re-opening the disused Goldsborough station but there is no commitment from the developer to fund this or certainty that they could buy the required land around the station. Even if the required land and funding could be secured, adding a station to existing lines actually reduces service quality due to additional stopping time and this delay would have to be compensated for by speed enhancement work elsewhere on the line.
- The site is constrained on all sides and therefore cannot meet future housing needs past the current plan period.
We have submitted an objection to the Flaxby planning application, which can be read on the planning file.