Decision made on controversial plans for 166 new homes in Calvert Lane
City council planning manager Alex Codd with councillors during a visit to the Calvert Lane site ahead of the decision on proposals to build up to 166 new houses and a medical centre there.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jan 2018
The construction of up to 166 homes and a new £6m medical centre on a greenfield site in west Hull has been given the go-ahead.
More than 1,200 nearby residents objected to the outline application to build on open grassland off Calvert Lane.
But Hull City Council's planning committee unanimously approved the scheme because the site is zoned for housing under the authority's recently-adopted Local Plan.
The plan maps out preferred land use over the next 15 years across the city.
The approval could also see improvements being made to the nearby roundabout linking Calvert Lane with Spring Bank West.
Concerns over traffic congestion, together with the loss of a wildlife habitat and the impact on local schools, were among the main worries put forward by residents.
Joint applicants Trinity House, which owns the land, and developer Citycare, have agreed to contribute £210,000 towards a future upgrade of the junction aimed at easing congestion in the area.
In a joint statement, the applicants said: "We have been working together to bring forward a coordinated development for up to 166 houses, public green space, a new primary care health centre to accommodate the Springhead medical practice and a pharmacy.
"The current Springhead premises are not fit for purpose and various site options for the health facility have been considered, including the Wymersley Park area of west Hull. The Trinity House charity grounds were the preferred option.
Concept plans for the new £6m Springhead medical centre due to be built on land off Calvert Lane
"We have taken time to engage with the community on several occasions, revising the plans at each stage, and during the determination period for the joint planning application.
"We thank the committee and the planning authority for their consideration and decision, as well as consultees and members of the public for their feedback, which has helped to shape the development proposals so far.
"We fully appreciate the local community’s concerns and we will continue to work with the planning authority and the community throughout the next stages of the process, and share further information to demonstrate how these concerns can be mitigated.
"These concerns include flood risk, air quality and highways. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the council on a contribution from this development towards wider strategic improvements to this part of the city."
The site of the new housing development with Calvert Lane to the right
Calvert Lane resident Sarah Sands, who spoke at the committee, said: "The size of this development with just one access road onto Calvert Lane doesn't make any sense.
"The sheer volume of traffic already using the road is not just at peak times of the day, it's constant."
Ward councillor Maria Coward said: "The result was not the one that I, or residents, wanted.
"When the developer brings forward further applications for approval I will hold them to every single one of the 60 conditions and the legal requirements that came with this decision.
"Planning committee members spoke about the development being an opportunity for much-needed road improvements to be made. My question is where will this money come from?"
Fellow ward colleague Councillor Haraldo Herrera-Richmond also objected to the application.
Messages from objectors to the Calvert Lane development
He said: "The road improvement scheme needs to come first but we have no idea how much that will cost or a date.
"I am disappointed for the local residents because no one argued against the fact there is already a serious problem with traffic congestion in the immediate area."
As well as GP surgeries, the new medical centre could also be used to provide a range of community health, social care and voluntary services.
Citycare says it expects the centre to operational within two years subject to detailed designs being approved by planners.
As yet, no timescale has been announced for the proposed housing on the site.