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Plans submitted for North Yorkshire housing development

Words: Sam Waddicor

An application for a 500-home development near Malton, North Yorkshire, has been submitted to Ryedale District Council.

The Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate wishes to build the scheme, provisionally named High Malton, on land off Castle Howard Road.

The scheme was conceived by urban planner Leon Krier, who was responsible for the Prince of Wales’s model village at Poundbury in Dorset. The project will provide a range of homes, a significant proportion of which will be affordable. The scheme has yet to be approved by Ryedale District Council, but was presented to Malton Town Council on 17 June.

Tobias Burckhardt, the surveyor managing the development, said: “We are now confident that the proposals, which envisage a mixed village community with local facilities, will over the next decade provide important new housing in a way that fits well within the existing road and community infrastructure – better than any other site in the area.

“This will be a pioneering scheme and we are excited to be working closely with the planning officers, statutory authorities and local stakeholders to deliver it. We know the concerns which local people continue to have about the impact on Malton’s infrastructure. We are in discussions with the district and the county councils about the improvements and significant financial contributions we will need to make to ensure that Malton can thrive as a result of our scheme.”

The estate is currently in talks with a developer who would construct the first phase and it is hoped that the first homes will be ready by 2016.