New settlement proposed for Cattal

Concept drawings for the proposed settlement
Concept drawings for the proposed settlement

Thousands of new homes could be created as proposals for a new settlement near Cattal have been put forward.

Around 3,000 houses have been proposed by the Wetherby-based Oakgate Group plc for the new village, provisionally named Maltkiln, which will be located south of the A59.

Maltkiln has been sited to take advantage of nearby transport links including nearby Cattal station and plans include the development of a school, medical facilities, community facilities and shops.

Richard France, Managing Director of Oakgate Group plc commented: “This is the best opportunity to locate a highly accessible and sustainable new settlement to meet the current and future housing needs of the district.

“There is no doubt in my mind this is the ideal location for a new settlement having many benefits, and less constraints, than the other new settlement options that have been put forward.

“Improvements are already planned for the Harrogate – York railway service and Cattal railway station so our proposed village would provide a focus for implementing these improvements and enable additional enhancements to the facilities at the station. Our proposals are also very well aligned with the recently announced plans to improve junction 47 of the A1(M), which are being developed to accommodate long term growth in the district.

“We expect the masterplan to evolve throughout the Local Plan and subsequent planning process, and would welcome the thoughts of individuals, businesses and community groups as we continue to develop and refine our proposals.

“We want to deliver a truly sustainable, high quality new village that meets the full range of housing needs and is something the whole community can be proud of.”

Plans for the site include highlighting proposals for its green infrastructure, connected green and recreation areas.

A spokesperson for Oakgate Group plc said: "The green infrastructure will be a combination of providing a high quality design to the masterplan and a good ‘place’ to live with lots of connected green and recreation areas and also providing a sustainable mix of uses in the new settlement."

The proposals have been put forward in the Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Plan process and are expected to go out for further consultation in the Summer.