New plans to develop Wentworth Street Car Park in Malton have been met with anger by opponents to the scheme.
GMI Holbeck has sent out a leaflet to residents in Ryedale detailing its intentions for a new planning application for the site in which it wants to build a food store, petrol station, new public square and provide 460 car parking spaces which will be free for up to three hours.
The application, which is expected to be submitted to Ryedale District Council in early November, has already received criticism from Malton Town Council and the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate.
Both were vocal opponents to the original scheme from GMI Holbeck which was withdrawn when legal representatives conceded that its was based on “flawed evidence.”
The Mercury understands that the developer is seeking public responses to their new plans by Friday, ahead of its intention to submit a new planning application to Ryedale District Council in November.
If approved by planning, it will lead to a cash windfall for Ryedale District Council, the owners of the land.
But Roddy Bushell, manager of the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate, said: “The public was consulted on this proposal in 2011. They were hugely underwhelmed by the proposal then, and the subsequent planning application was found by an independent government inspector to be contrary to good planning policy. None of the circumstances or the policies has changed, and it does seem an extraordinary waste of people’s time and local resources to raise the matter again. I don’t think the addition of a moving walkway will change anyone’s mind.”
And a spokesman for Malton Town Council added: “If this application does come before the Planning Committee perhaps we have a right to expect that it will, on this occasion, be subject to a proper, professional and even-handed consideration guided by regulation and the best interests of the community in which it seeks approval to locate.”