Maltkiln Village

Harrogate Borough Council

Maltkiln Village is a proposed sustainable new settlement, located adjoining Cattal Train Station, approximately equidistant between Harrogate and York. The scheme is to include at least 3,000 new homes and supporting on-site services and was being promoted a strategic land company. Harrogate Borough Council engaged Hive’s services to develop a strategy for the design and delivery of a new stewardship vehicle and to address the concerns of its members over the delivery and maintenance of the communal facilities. The stewardship vehicle needed to be capable of maintaining the green and community infrastructure within the settlement in a manner that is in keeping with an exemplar development. 


Hive examined what best practice in the design and implementation of stewardship vehicles looks like on a national basis and then applied those findings to Maltkiln Village, linking it to the site’s policy aspirations. This enabled Harrogate Borough Council to consider the pros and cons of various national stewardship initiatives, both old and new, and how they could play a part in realising the vision for Maltkiln Village. Hive’s output from this commission included: An overview of nationally recognised best practice examples from across the country; Specific suggestions as to how similar stewardship models could relate to policy aspirations for the development; A series of questions to prompt the client to consider the role they might need to play in order to realise the stewardship vehicle; Identification of considerations in terms of the affordability of certain proposed elements of the stewardship vehicle; and Recommendations regarding the phasing and delivery of the community infrastructure.


As Hive was commissioned early in the design of the new settlement, Harrogate Borough Council were able to take a proactive role in the consideration of how a stewardship vehicle could help deliver the vision for the site and what role they, as the local authority, could play in that process.

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