High Malton plans ‘will need slip road’

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Calls have been made for a slip road to be built as part of a planned 500 home development on the outskirts of Malton.

Members of Malton Town Council said at a meeting last week they were concerned about the volume of extra traffic that would be generated by the High Malton proposals in the Castle Howard Road and Middlecave Road areas as well as potential noise problems, and the impact on the neighbouring Howardian Hills Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and the local environment.

One suggestion was that there should be a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights at the junction of York Road and Castle Howard Road.

Roddy Bushell, manager of the Fitzwilliam Estate, which has put forward the plans, said: “If Malton is going to grow, then this is a good site for development.

“We want a development which will have a strong sense of place in Malton, which will be distinctive and of high quality.”

He added that considerable money would be contributed to enhance local facilities, and in reply to calls for a slip road he said that if one was to be provided it would have to come from the existing planned commuted sums.

Hannah Andrew, who is leading the development team for the project, said it would be “a pedestrian friendly design” and would include units for employment, retailing, retirement homes and had been based on Poundbury, a place which had been acclaimed by The Prince of Wales. The council heard that it would probably take a decade to complete.

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