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Development Plan document for new settlement due to be considered

Today (20th July) Harrogate Borough Council’s executive will be asked to consider the Development Plan Document (DPD) for Maltkiln and agree that it is published for formal consultation.



Following earlier stages of consultation and engagement, the borough council is now finalising its policies and proposals for the new settlement in the Hammerton/Cattal area of Harrogate district, known as Maltkiln.


The development of a new settlement is a key part of the district's growth strategy providing much needed homes and jobs in a sustainable location along the York-Harrogate-Leeds railway line.


The broad location of the new settlement was established in the adopted Harrogate District Local Plan, but it is through the DPD that the boundary, form and nature of the new settlement will be set. The DPD will be used to determine planning applications submitted in the area.


Councillor Tim Myatt, Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for planning, said: "The DPD sets a clear and ambitious thirty year vision for Maltkiln and provides a policy framework that will enable the planning authority to lead, guide and manage how it is developed."


As a result of the policies and proposals in the DPD, Maltkiln will be a place where people have access to homes, including affordable and self-build homes, a range of employment opportunities, shops, health, leisure and community facilities, schools, public transport and open spaces.


It will also be planned and delivered in a way that supports the delivery of net-zero carbon emissions by 2038. This means reducing the need to travel, providing walking and cycling infrastructure and improvements to public transport as well as supporting the transition to low emission private cars. As well as improving building standards to reduce the amount of energy needed in buildings and where it is needed that it is clean and green energy.


Councillor Myatt added: "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing us today and one that the council takes seriously which is why we have commissioned a Climate Change Strategy to ensure Maltkiln will be a climate resilient place, fit for the 21st Century."


If agreed by the council's executive, the consultation will begin in the autumn (date TBC). Following a public consultation, the DPD will be submitted to the Secretary of State for public examination.