North Yorkshire Council has prepared a document outlining the plans for a new major settlement called Maltkiln, which includes the construction of a 4,000-home town and two primary schools. The draft DPD for Maltkiln sets a 30-year vision for the development, including details about the site’s boundaries, infrastructure, and climate change considerations. The document is expected to be submitted to the secretary of state for examination in February, with the possibility of public scrutiny and potential changes to the plan.
The project has been a part of the Harrogate District Local Plan’s growth strategy. However, there have been challenges, including a key landowner pulling out, prompting the council to consider compulsory purchasing the land as a last resort. The plan will be debated by a council committee before being submitted for examination in public.
The draft DPD sets an ambitious vision for Maltkiln’s development, based on evidence, community involvement, and public consultation. If adopted, it will provide a framework for the long-term development of the new settlement.