Allams withdraw latest plans to turn this derelict Hull factory into luxury apartments

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Mar 2018

The owners of Hull City have withdrawn ambitious plans to re-develop a derelict factory site near the city centre.

As well as running their own marine generator business and the football club, Assem and Ehab Allam also own Allam Developments Ltd.

They wanted to convert part of the former Rosedowns factory in Cannon Street into 26 apartments, including a two-storey penthouse for two duplex flats.

The plans also include proposals to build 67 town houses and flats on nearby land between Cannon Street and Caroline Street.

Three planning applications for the scheme were submitted by the company last July. A decision on them was due to be made at Wednesday's meeting of the city council planning committee with officers recommending refusal.

But councillors were told the applications had been withdrawn last week.

READ MORE: Allam family want to transform disused historic Hull factory into apartments

The preparation and submission of the applications, including a request for listed building consent, is likely to have cost the Allams at least a five-figure sum.

Council planning manager Alex Codd said: "These applications were in for a considerable period of time.

"They followed a previous refusal several years ago when the main reason for refusal was concerns over sound attenuation.

City council planning manager Alex Codd

"After that, we did expect revised applications would come in relatively quickly but that did not happen. In fact it took many years.

"Since their submission, the Local Plan was adopted in November last year which now requires applicants to justify the loss of employment land in favour of new residnential.

"Withdrawing the applications allows the applicants more time to compile that evidence and information and I assume they will re-submit for a decision in due course."

Councillor John Fareham said it needed to be made clear the delay was not the council's fault.

Under the Allams' plans, the upper floors of the factory's disused grade II listed concrete workshop would be converted into apartments.

Another view of the concrete-framed factory workshop

It is thought to be the second oldest reinforced Ferro-concrete building in Britain, dating from 1901.

The facelift scheme would have also included the surviving part of an older adjoining foundry which runs along Cannon Street.

Although supported by Hull Civic Society, the re-development had attracted objections from nearby businesses and some residents living in nearby Bridlington Avenue.

In recommending refusal, planning officers said the merits of breathing new life into a brownfield site did not out weigh the loss of land zoned for employment use.

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