West Malton Residents' Group hits out at homes plan

Community hits out at homes plan

Community hits out at homes plan

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OPPONENTS of a major housing and development scheme for a North Yorkshire town have written to the district council detailing their objections to the plans.

The Fitzwilliam Malton Estate has a outline planning application for a 500 new homes on the north of the town, as well as a residential care home, business units, shops and community facilities, before Ryedale District Council.

The scheme has been designed by the planner behind Prince Charles' model town at Poundbury, but the High Malton development has provoked fierce resistance from people in the town worried about its effect on traffic and services locally.

The West Malton Residents' Group has written to the planning department of Ryedale District Council outlining its concerns.

They are worried that 500 new homes will bring considerably more traffic to the area, and cause congestions problems close by and between the new development's junctions with Castle Howard Road and the centre of Malton.

But Fitzwilliam Malton Estate has spoken to reassure people the development will be high quality and will leave a legacy for the town.

The estate's surveyor Tobias Burckhardt there was no risk of the estate selling the land to a high volume house builder if planning permission is granted.

He said: "We are determined to stick with this development to see the special design and ethos through the completion."

Ryedale District Council's own Strategic Traffic Assessment shows that area of Malton can accommodate development and the traffic it will bring added and pre application talks with the county council's roads department have been positive about road network's ability to cope, Mr Burckhardt.

The development will have access onto Castle Howard road and limited access onto Middlecave Drive, but no new access points onto the A64, which borders its western edge.

The residents' group has also voiced concerns about the impact the edge-of-town development will have on the nearby Howardian Hill AONB, and the western approach to Malton, as well as the loss of agricultural land to the buildings and problems of overlooking and lack of privacy that could be caused by new homes being build close to existing homes around Middlecave Road.

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7:55am Fri 25 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Of course 500 homes isn't going to increase the traffic - not! The traffic's bad enough in Malton. Saying that, I have seen the video and the new 'village' design does look nice. But the infrastructure has to be there to support it.
Of course 500 homes isn't going to increase the traffic - not! The traffic's bad enough in Malton. Saying that, I have seen the video and the new 'village' design does look nice. But the infrastructure has to be there to support it. MrsHoney
  • Score: 8

9:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

God forbid our Children should ever be allowed their own home.
God forbid our Children should ever be allowed their own home. The Great Buda
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

How lazy do they think that people are, that they will drive from there into Malton? It's less than a mile, and there's a regular bus that potters round the town and could easily run through this development to link it with the town centre, railway station and supermarkets for people who can't/won't walk that short distance.

The majority of people driving anywhere will be heading onto the A64. It will be easy for them to go to/from York, but maybe the York Road junction needs to be upgraded to full access, the way that Brambling Fields was, so that there's better access from that side of town towards Scarborough and Pickering. Having said that, since the Brambling Fields junction was upgraded, my impression is that traffic in Malton is a lot quieter than it used to be already.

People have to live somewhere. A development of this size is more sustainable and less disruptive than lots of small infill developments scattered all over the place, and it can include some local facilities.

But if the people of Malton are worried about pressure on local services, perhaps they should consider that towns and villages across the country are losing those kinds of shops and facilities, and it's primarily through urban growth that they can secure them for the future.
How lazy do they think that people are, that they will drive from there into Malton? It's less than a mile, and there's a regular bus that potters round the town and could easily run through this development to link it with the town centre, railway station and supermarkets for people who can't/won't walk that short distance. The majority of people driving anywhere will be heading onto the A64. It will be easy for them to go to/from York, but maybe the York Road junction needs to be upgraded to full access, the way that Brambling Fields was, so that there's better access from that side of town towards Scarborough and Pickering. Having said that, since the Brambling Fields junction was upgraded, my impression is that traffic in Malton is a lot quieter than it used to be already. People have to live somewhere. A development of this size is more sustainable and less disruptive than lots of small infill developments scattered all over the place, and it can include some local facilities. But if the people of Malton are worried about pressure on local services, perhaps they should consider that towns and villages across the country are [italic]losing[/italic] those kinds of shops and facilities, and it's primarily through urban growth that they can secure them for the future. Stevie D
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Stewart says...

Some of the claims of these protesters are wild and wide of the mark. 500 houses these days might mean only about 1200 people. Most of these people would walk in to town, to the bus stop or rail station. Whatever my thoughts on the Estate are, this looks a superb development which I hope the people of Malton and Ryedale will back. I don't understand why some people want to oppose every development when they will be an asset to the community. If you want to protect community facilities such as the hospital for the future then we need the town to grow. Also, there is obvious demand for housing so it can only be a good thing.
Some of the claims of these protesters are wild and wide of the mark. 500 houses these days might mean only about 1200 people. Most of these people would walk in to town, to the bus stop or rail station. Whatever my thoughts on the Estate are, this looks a superb development which I hope the people of Malton and Ryedale will back. I don't understand why some people want to oppose every development when they will be an asset to the community. If you want to protect community facilities such as the hospital for the future then we need the town to grow. Also, there is obvious demand for housing so it can only be a good thing. Stewart
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Maltonian says...

You can bet all these protestors are well set up in homes of their own, and yet they oppose others achieving the same dream. The site is perfect for a new development and should go ahead in spite of the selfish NIMBYs.
You can bet all these protestors are well set up in homes of their own, and yet they oppose others achieving the same dream. The site is perfect for a new development and should go ahead in spite of the selfish NIMBYs. Maltonian
  • Score: -1

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