Two primary schools planned for 3,000-home village between Harrogate and York

Two primary schools and land for a secondary school have been revealed as part of proposals for a 3,000-home village between Harrogate and York.

By Jacob Webster
Thursday, 14th July 2022, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 14th July 2022, 10:03 am
Photo: A masterplan of the Maltkiln village which once built could be occupied by more than 8,000 residents.
Photo: A masterplan of the Maltkiln village which once built could be occupied by more than 8,000 residents.

The village to be named Maltkiln will be built in the Hammerton and Cattal area, and new details of the major scheme have been revealed this week.

A development plan document from Harrogate Borough Council shows there are proposals for two 420-place primary schools - one of which would be able to expand with room for 630 pupils.

The plan also said because the village is not large enough to "generate sufficient pupils" for a secondary school, around £10.5 million would be provided to fund an expansion of 11 new classrooms at Boroughbridge High School.

However, it added that land within Maltkiln has been designated for "future secondary provision should this be required in the future".

The plan said: "The council has been working with the education authority, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), in order to identify the educational infrastructure required to support the level of growth proposed in Maltkiln.

"NYCC have indicated that the development is not projected to generate sufficient numbers of pupils to warrant the need for a secondary school on-site.

"Nevertheless, for the proper and long term planning of the area, the council consider a cautious approach should be taken and have safeguarded land for a secondary school if it is needed."

It is estimated that more than 8,000 residents will occupy the village which may not be completed until at least 2038.

A six-week consultation on the development plan document is planned for October when residents will be asked to share their views on areas including roads and public transport.

After this, the document will then be submitted to the government for public examination.

Maltkiln is centred around Cattal train station which links York, Harrogate and Leeds - and Harrogate Borough Council hopes this location will "steer development away" from residents living in surrounding villages who have objected to the proposals.

The council also said facilities including shops, employment space and a GP surgery should be built around this central location.

It said: "A new community of over 8,000 residents will generate a need for significant new local facilities and these should be located at the heart of the settlement directly adjacent to Cattal railway station.

"The mixed-use local centre will provide a diverse and vibrant space at the heart of Maltkiln."

A meeting of the council's cabinet will be held next Wednesday when senior councillors will be asked to agree to the launch of the consultation on the development plan document.

A report to the meeting said the publication of the plan is a "key milestone" and that once approved it will provide "a 30 year vision for Maltkiln".

The report added: "The development plan document provides the starting point to guide the development and delivery of Maltkiln.

"Proposals will need to go through the planning application process and there will be further opportunities for communities and stakeholders to be involved in more detailed master-planning.

"The council is also exploring a range of governance and stewardship options to ensure that residents will have a say in how community facilities are run."

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter