Maltkiln Village covers an area of approximately 166 hectares and has the capacity to deliver up to 3,000 high-quality dwellings of varying types and tenures, during the local plan period. The site centres around the existing Cattal railway station, south of the A59 and north of Cattal village.
Key advantages of Maltkiln Village include:
A mix of high quality new homes
- Maltkiln would deliver a mix of high quality new homes and provide a genuine diversity of housing types, sizes and tenures, suitable for all stages of life and circumstances, including starter homes, family homes and homes for later life.
- Maltkiln is able to deliver the largest proportion of the Council’s overall housing demand, maximising the benefits of infrastructure investment and offering the opportunity to meet housing needs in future plan periods.
Focusing on major transport investment
- Maltkiln is centred on an existing railway station which would be the focus of rail service improvements, including the immediate provision of a new car park for Cattal station.
- The dangerous Whixley crossroads will be replaced with a new roundabout.
- Local level crossings will be replaced with new road and pedestrian bridges, which will remove the existing delays to train and road journeys.
Delivering community infrastructure first
- Maltkiln would have its own community facilities within a new village centre, 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
• Publicly accessible green open space
- Maltkiln Village will be a sustainable and well-connected new settlement, with new community facilities that are readily accessible for both new residents and the existing local community.
- Maltkiln carries our commitment to deliver infrastructure improvements and new community facilities – including a new primary school – as part of the first phase.
- Maltkiln can provide all of the additional and improved road, railway and utilities infrastructure required, and our direct and early provision of new community facilities, while still meeting all of the Council’s affordable housing requirements.
- Maltkiln is the only site that is backed by a local property and construction group that has the experience and resources to plan, fund and build the infrastructure and community facilities necessary for a new settlement.
- Maltkiln would offer a variety of workspaces specifically designed for small businesses, supporting local economic growth.
- 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.
Protecting existing communities
- Importantly Maltkiln Village would not ‘coalesce’ with existing settlements and can be delivered without placing strain on existing community facilities. Maltkiln Village will be compact – the whole of the development is within 2km distance of Cattal station.
- Maltkiln offers a genuine opportunity for local involvement in the actual design of the new settlement to create a distinct new village that appeals to all ages.
- Maltkiln has the fewest technical constraints and has the lowest heritage, landscape, ecology, transport, noise or environmental impacts.
Community consultation and the evolving masterplan
The Council is currently consulting on its draft Local Plan, which confirms the preferred location for the new settlement as being within the combined land area of our Maltkiln Village proposals and the Green Hammerton proposals.
In the early stages of the DPD process, work will continue on how a new settlement within the combined land area should address the various constraints – such as heritage, landscape, ecology, transport, noise or environmental impacts – and how it could be developed most efficiently, whist respecting existing settlement boundaries. We would expect to produce further masterplans at this early stage in order to demonstrate the development potential of the combined site and inform an assessment of the infrastructure requirements, including the timing of delivery for new road junctions, railway works, the new school and community facilities.
We produced a draft masterplan for Maltkiln Village as part of our previous submissions to the Council and we displayed this when we attended two separate public meetings arranged firstly by Green Hammerton Parish Council on 18th April 2017 and secondly by Hunsingore, Walshford and Cattal Parish Council on 8th May 2017.
We have done further work on our masterplan since then, based on the feedback from those public meetings, from separate meetings with the individual local residents who are closest to the site and from meetings with the Borough Council, County Council and Network Rail. The changes we have investigated include repositioning the new A59 roundabout (which replaces the existing Whixley crossroads), amending the layout of the new primary school, community facilities and employment space so that these are grouped more closely around Cattal railway station and rerouting the internal roads south of the railway line to reduce the potential for southbound traffic through Cattal.
We intend to involve local people and employers in the design process, either as part of the DPD process or as part of our own pre-planning application consultation work. This will be done at an appropriate time in the progress of the proposed Local Plan and the DPD, most likely during the Spring or Summer of 2018, and we will share our further masterplanning work either prior to, or during, these future consultations with local people and employers.
Our latest draft masterplan is shown below.
As you can see, it:
a) is centred around Cattal station
b) provides a new school, local shops and other community infrastructure
c) delivers significant highways improvements
d) Protects against coalescence