We previously conducted our own comparative assessment of the four competing locations, shortlisted by the Council for the new settlement, based on best practice. Although things have moved on since the Council’s decision to prepare a DPD for the new settlement in the combined land (Maltkiln and Green Hammerton), the below table summaries how key aspects of each location compare. We have included Flaxby in our comparison, due to the fact that the developer has submitted a planning application for a new settlement against the correct Local Plan process. In our assessment Maltkiln Village emerged as the most suitable and sustainable location.
As mentioned in the previous section, in preparing the DPD, the Council will assess the detailed suitability for a new settlement within the combined area of Maltkiln and Green Hammerton.
|Can the site provide the Council’s new settlement size of 3,000 new homes||
|Does the site protect the identity of existing settlements||
|Is the site under the full control of its developer||✓✓||✓||✓✓✓|
|Is the site suitably located to meet the housing needs of the Harrogate Borough area||✓✓✓||✓✓||✓✓✓|
|Is the site able to be designed entirely in accordance with new settlement principles||✓✓✓||✗||✓✓|
|Does the site provide opportunities for new and existing local employment||✓✓✓||✗||✓✓|
|Does the site include new community facilities that avoid relying on existing services||✓✓✓||✓||✓✓|
|Is the site free from major technical constraints||✓✓||✓✓||✓|
|Is the site able to expand further to meet additional housing needs||✓✓✓||✓||✗|
|Does the site have ready access to rail services||✓✓✓||✓✓||✗|
|Is the site free of major heritage constraints||✓✓✓||✓✓||✗|
|Is the site free of major landscape constraints||✓✓✓||✓✓||✗|