This week, Harrogate Borough Council have launched a consultation on the development plan document (DPD) for the new settlement in the Hammerton/Cattal area of Harrogate district.
Known as Maltkiln, the 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: “I’d urge people to share their views on the draft DPD to ensure the new settlement is delivered correctly and provides first-class homes – and the appropriate infrastructure – for future communities.”
Residents can share their views online here or at the civic centre in Harrogate, Harrogate Library, Ripon Library, Knaresborough Library, Boroughbridge Library or Poppleton Library until 14 November.