Council throw out Allams' plans to transform historic factory - again

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Dec 2018

Will the Allams ever get their proposed city centre apartment development scheme off the ground?

While a question mark still hangs over father and son Assem and Ehab's long-term ownership of Hull City, there is equal doubt over their ambitious proposals to breathe new life into one of Hull's oldest industrial landmarks.

Last week Hull City Council's planning committee voted to refuse an application to convert a disused part of the Rosedowns engineering factory in Cannon Street into apartments.

Councillors also rejected a separate application to carry out the work on a listed building and an outline application to build up to 39 new houses on a nearby grassed site in Bridlington Avenue.

It is the second time in four years that councillors have rejected the Allams' facelift plans for the factory. Their company, Allam Developments, owns the site and leases the remaining operational premises to Rosedowns.

The former Rosedowns factoy which the Allams want to convert into apartments

In 2014 councillors said the proposals did not address potential noise from nearby industrial premises having an effect on people living in the new apartments and homes.

This time committee members wanted stronger guarantees that any eventual relocation of Rosedown's existing operations in Cannon Street would involve the company moving to another site in Hull rather than the neighbouring East Riding

Around 100 people still work at the site where the company once made heavy weaponry during the Napoleonic War.

Speaking at the committee, the Allams' planning agent Chris Calvert maintained any development would not take place until the company had voluntarily relocated from the site.

Read more: Allam family want to transform disused historic Hull factory into apartments

A letter from the firm also seemed to suggest it was keen to stay in Hull.

"As a company with such a long association with the site and our employees, we intend to remain in the city and have already begun to look for alternative sites locally," it said.

That was not enough to persuade councillors to follow their officers' recommendation to refuse the three applications. Some suggested the door was still open to the Allams if an alternative site in Hull could be confirmed.

Among them was Councillor Sean Chaytor who said: "I would like to see this building re-developed whether for commercial or residential use.

"If I had something infront of me that confirmed the current occupier will move to another site in the city I would be moving approval."

However others highlighted the fact the land in question in Cannon Street was still designated for employment use under the council's own planning policy.

Councillor Diana Hatcher said: "The proposed land use as housing is wrong."

After voting to reject all three proposals, committee chairman Councillor Alan Gardiner said: "The applicants do have the right to appeal or to submit another application."

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