Controversial housing and health centre decision to be made as 1,000 people sign petition against it
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Jan 2018
A decision on controversial plans to build up to 166 new homes and a health centre on a greenfield site in west Hull will be made this week.
The proposed development is earmarked for overgrown grassland off Calvert Lane, part of which was previously used as sports pitches.
The open land is sandwiched between Middleton Barracks and The Sidings housing development.
The joint outline planning application by landowners Trinity House and healthcare developers Citycare has attracted fierce local opposition since it was first submitted last year.
Two petitions with a total of 1,039 signatures have been submitted to the city council, along with 113 individual letters of objection from nearby residents.
Cllr Haroldo Herrera-Richmond with residents Jon Newman, Phil Irvin and Deborah Irvin who are among those objecting to the development.
Concerns range from loss of greenspace, fears about flooding and the impact of the new housing on nearby roads, including the already heavily-congested Calvert Lane.
But council planning officers are recommending conditional approval when the application goes before the authority's planning committee on Wednesday.
They say the the principle of new housing at the site would be in line with the recently-adopted Hull Local Plan, which includes an allocation for housing there.
The Derringham roundabout linking Spring Bank West with Calvert Lane
The scheme includes proposals for a mix of two, three and four-bed homes.
The new health complex would be a replacement for the existing Springhead surgery in Willerby Road.
NHS bosses say the existing surgery needs a new state-of-the-art home having outgrown its current premises, which was originally a number of houses.
The Calvert Lane site was chosen for the site of a new primary care health facility after a review of 34 potential locations.
If given the go-ahead, up to 47 staff are expected to be based at the new health centre which will offer services to around 16,000 patients.
With plans to widen the approach from Calvert Lane to the Derringham roundabout at Spring Bank West, the planning officers also have no concerns about potential traffic problems caused by the new development.
In a report for the committee, they conclude: "It is considered that the proposal does accord with relevant development plan policy and in the absence of overriding material considerations to the contrary, the application is recommended for approval."
Councillors on the committee are expected to visit the site on Wednesday morning before making a decision.