Plans For New North Yorkshire Village Thrown Into Doubt

A planned new housing development for North Yorkshire has been thrown off course after a landowner withdrew from the scheme, the BBC News website reports. The ambitious scheme would have seen a new village of 4,000 homes created between York and Harrogate.

However, a landowner has withdrawn from the scheme, and it has now emerged that up to half of the site, earmarked for 2,000 new homes, will no longer be available. Despite this, the developers Caddick Group are insisting that they will find a way to carry out the plans.

A spokesperson said: "We are confident that we can deliver proposals, which not only meet the housing needs of the area, but also deliver the requirements set out in the adopted Local Plan and meet the policy objectives of the draft Development Plan Document."

The scheme, known as Maltkiln, included plans for two new schools as well as retail and community facilities. It would be close to the existing small communities of Green Hammerton, Kirk Hammerton, Cattal, and Whixley.

Kirk Hammerton parish councillor Alex Smith has criticised the plans, which have caused controversy in the local area.

He told the BBC: "They've had to spend a long time chopping and changing preferred options, trying to fit a distinct new settlement into a very constrained area. It was time they didn't have, given that a key land agreement - almost half the proposed area - has expired."

Meanwhile, York city centre has received government backing in a bid to become a world UNESCO Heritage Site. It has been added to the Tentative List which is published around once a decade, according to a new press release from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

York is described as having “fantastic civic and religious buildings including its Minster as well as a rich history left behind by its Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman inhabitants.”

Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: “Today we are confirming our support for some of the most enchanting heritage sites and breathtaking landscapes in the UK and its Overseas Territories as they bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.”

“All the locations being put forward would be worthy recipients of this accolade – and we will give them our full backing so they can benefit from the international recognition it can bring.”

Other UK sites on the tentative list include Birkenhead Park, Merseyside. The 226 acre park was created in 1847 and is thought to be the first publicly funded civic park in the world. It is already a designated conservation area and Grade I listed landscape, and contains several listed buildings.

By the end of the 20th century, the park had slid into decline, but has since undergone a programme of regeneration. In 2007, a new visitor’s centre was completed, and many of the existing buildings and waterways were restored to their original condition.

The government will now work with local authorities to develop more detailed bids for the next stages of the UNESCO process.

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