Cottingham will not be getting 269 new homes after plans binned over traffic concerns

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Mar 2018

Plans to build 269 homes in Harland Way in Cottingham have been rejected by East Riding Councilfollowing concerns over the effect on traffic nearby.

Outline planning had already been given for an initial plan for the homes, but a new proposal by Lovel Developments, which would see a home demolished for a new access road, were rejected.

Lovel Developments had already secured planning permission to build 320 homes on the Cottingham site, but the area of land for the first 269 homes has come available for development first.

Independent village councillor Geraldine Mathieson objected to the proposals, saying the new access route would have caused a “build-up of traffic” nearer to the village and the developers should have stuck with initial proposals.

She said: “The situation is that the developer already has planning permission but had chosen to put in an alternative which involved a new access.

“I think it’s the wrong sort of scale development as far as Cottingham is concerned to be honest.

“The new access was too far up and would have created a build-up of traffic. They want to create this new access when they already had permission for an appropriate one.”

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Cottingham couple Steve and Dee Anstice sold their property on Harland Way after the development firm purchased the land planned for home-building behind their property.

Lovel Developments sought to create a new access route to the land from Harland Way by demolishing the house.

Following representation and consultations at the East Riding planning committee, the director decided to reject the proposals.

Steve Anstice at his Harland Way home in front of the land for development

Highways also described plans to use Mill Lane for emergency access as a “concern” and said “it had not been ascertained that the applicant had any rights of access over it.

Cllr Mathieson said: “The decision was in line with the Cottingham Neighbourhood Plan. It does highlight that it’s is something developers have to stick to, 100 per cent.

“We understand that housing is coming but always want to be certain it is the right sort of housing. Now the plan has been confirmed that should affirm that.

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“If that new access was the only one, during times like the school run it would create a real traffic flow problem. They had mentioned an emergency access down Mill Lane but we just didn’t think the plans proposed were appropriate. It would become a short cut.”

Work is expected to begin at a later date for the remainder of the houses and another access route, following an altered planning application. The plans also included public open space, play areas and flood alleviation facilities.

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