Derelict riverfront site could become the next Hull housing hotspot

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Feb 2018

DERELICT land on the east bank of the River Hull could be the next hotspot for city  housing.

City council officials are in talks with the Homes and Community Agency over developing the waterfront area near the Scale Lane bridge.

They say the success of the nearby Fruit Market facelift, including high demand for the 101 homes currently being built there, is an encouraging sign.

The financial crash effectively killed off a previously proposed £100m mainly residential scheme at the same east bank site a decade ago.

All that was eventually built was the Premier Inn hotel and the footbridge linking the east bank to the Old Town.

Since then, the only other development in the area has been a series of car parks, but now with City of Culture having helped make the city centre a more attractive proposal, it is back on the cards. 

Garry Taylor, the council’s director of major projects, said: “We are in discussions over using the land near the Premier Inn for housing.

“With the Fruit Market doing well, there is the potential for a housing boom in that part of the city centre.

“More and more people, particularly younger people, are looking at living in the city centre as a viable option.”

Last month’s launch of the Fruit Market housing scheme by developer WykelandBeal saw a total of 33 properties, worth almost £7m, being sold off-plan.

The properties are a mix of townhouses and apartments, arranged over two and three storeys, with a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

Prices for properties released so far range from £149,995 for a two-bedroom apartment up to £274,995 for a three-bedroom townhouse with car port or parking space.

Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, Councillor Haraldo Herrera-Richmond said he favoured a more modern architectural style for any new housing next to the river.

Asked for an update on the drawn-out saga of the derelict former Rank Mill site next to Drypool Bridge, the council’s director of regeneration Mark Jones said: “The situation is being pro-actively managed at the moment.”

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