A replica of The Prince of Wales’ highly acclaimed Poundbury village department has been backed for the outskirts of Malton.
The Fitzwilliam Estate scheme, to build 500 homes, and includes a complex for employment, community facilities and retailing, has been recommended for approval by Malton Town Council and a final decision is expected to be made by Ryedale District Council in October.
But town councillors and residents who packed a meeting at Ryedale House on Wednesday heard the development, on land north of Castle Howard Road, Malton, would increase the size of the historic market town by 23 per cent and cause potential traffic gridlock in the town centre.
Christopher Turner, representing some 100 members who form the Malton Residents’ Association, said a traffic survey was needed of the potential impact of the scheme adding that it could create up to an extra 1,000 vehicle journeys a day.
“An alternative traffic system is needed,” he said.
The development would also “worsen Malton’s town centre air quality” because of the volume of extra traffic said Mr Turner. His concerns were echoed by Cllr Paul Andrews who forecast that there could be 360 traffic movements an hour at peak times. “It will turn Malton into a traffic jam. The town doesn’t have the infrastructure to cope with 500 more homes.”
But Cllr Denys Townsend believed it would significantly benefit Malton’s economy. “Most independent businesses in the town are struggling. This development will provide new footfall and will benefit the local economy.”
Malton, he added, needed to progress. “It needs to expand to enhance its future viability.”
However while the town authority gave it the green light in principle, they urged RDC to impose conditions that a new access road would be built linking Castle Howard Road and York Road and that land should be earmarked for the building of a new school and for consideration to be given to the Derwent Medical Centre and doctors’ surgery which, said councillors was already operating at capacity with no room to expand.
The scheme, to be known as High Malton,has been designed by master-planner Leon Krier, who was responsible for the Poundbury development in Dorset, and architect Jan Maciag.
Kim Stowe, managing director of Zero C, of Dorchester, a multi-award winning design led development company, said it said it was committed to developing the site in partnership with the Fitzwilliam Estate.
“We are in little doubt that the quality of the public realm, the master plan and architecture that are being proposed, will all play a part in ensuring the long term success of this very well conceived scheme,” he said.
l Residents can learn more about the proposals to create an extension to High Malton at an update session in the Milton Rooms, on Saturday September 6, from 10am to 12pm.
Visitors will be able to put questions to consultants working on the scheme.
“The event on September 6 is part of our ongoing conversation with the local community and is a chance for local people to see the latest changes and speak to the development team,” said Tobias Burckhardt, surveyor for Fitzwilliam Malton Estate.
“Members of the team will also answer questions on the day. If people have concerns or suggestions, if anything about the proposal is unclear or if you have positive comments, we are keen to hear from you. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”