The heart has been put back into the future of Malton: the appeal decision says the Council acted unreasonably.
The decision of Ryedale District Council to refuse outline planning permission for a proposed redevelopment of the livestock market has been reversed by a government planning inspector. His findings mean that the redevelopment of the livestock market site has outline planning consent and will go ahead.
The Inspector disagreed with all four of the reasons that Ryedale District Council gave for refusing planning consent to a scheme favoured by the vast majority of people in Malton and Norton.
Roddy Bushell, estate manager for the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate said: “I am sure the large majority of the people of Malton, residents and businesses alike, will be relieved by this historic decision. The very important livestock market site can now be transformed from a use which is no longer appropriate, to expand Malton’s town centre and play a vital role in its economic future. I am enormously relieved to have achieved the right result. The original decision was so perverse and likely to be so damaging to the future of the town and the Estate that we had no choice but to launch the appeal.”
This has been a very long process. Perhaps the saddest aspect of this decision is that it means the Council were wrong to oppose the original application that the Estate made for this site in 2007. Five long years, hundreds of man hours and hundreds of thousands of pounds have been wasted since then that should have been put to good use in the town. Those lost resources can never be recovered.
The hope now is that all of that can be put behind us, and that everyone can now move forward in a positive manner, listening carefully to what the Malton community has made clear it wants for its town.
You can read the full decision by the Planning Inspector here
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