Council makes final decision on where Hull's planned cruise terminal should be
An artist's impression of the proposed new cruise terminal near The Deep
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Nov 2017
A row has erupted over the exclusion of a second possible site for a new £50m cruise terminal in a new 15-year planning blueprint for Hull.
A potential berth next to The Deep is the only location identified for the proposed development in the new Hull Local Plan.
The plan is now the city council's official policy covering preferred future land use across the city until 2032.
But Liberal Democrat Councillor Adam Williams, who represents the Victoria Dock estate, said the decision to favour the site next to The Deep ignored public opinion.
He said: "The proposed site at Victoria Dock will not be suitable for certain cruise ships.
"I just do not understand why the council is limiting itself to a location that by the time it is built will not be fit for purpose for the majority of cruise ships."
He believes Albert Dock would be a better spot for a terminal.
That option was rejected by council leaders because the dock remains in commercial use by Associated British Ports whereas the council owns most of the land around The Deep.
Cllr Williams' attempt to move an amendment calling for a delay in the formal adoption of the Local Plan was rejected at a full council meeting.
Another similar amendment by Conservative Councillor John Fareham was also defeated in a vote.
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He claimed councillors had not been given enough time to consider changes to a draft of the plan by a planning inspector William Fieldhouse following a public inquiry held earlier this year.
Mr Fieldhouse unexpectedly removed previous protection from three greenfield sites at Goddard Avenue, Legarde Drive and land next to the Humber west of St Andrew's Quay.
They remain unprotected in the now approved final version of the plan after the full council vote approved its adoption by 35 votes to nine.
Councillor Martin Mancey, cabinet member for regeneration, said approving the plan was important to avoid the threat of government intervention.
Earlier this month communities secretary Sajid Javid announced he is set to take over decision-making at 15 councils where progress has stalled on their local plans.