Flagship 67 luxury flats gets go-ahead - and promises 'to bring wow factor' to Hull city centre
An artist's impression of the new luxury apartments
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Oct 2017
Plans for a "flagship" block of luxury flats in Freetown Way have been given the green light.
The seven-storey building, which will feature 67 apartments, will replace the temporary public car park on the corner of Trippett Street, close to Napoleon’s casino.
Comments from Hull councillors at a planning committee meeting included a belief the apartments would “give the area a wow factor” for those entering Hull from the east.
Cllr Terry Keal said: “It is ideally suited, adjacent to the conservation area, and we have seen other buildings including the casino and college all blend in.
“Freetown Way is one of the main roads into the city from the east, and I think this design goes in very well.
“As you come over the north bridge people will say ‘wow look at that,’ and that is what we are looking for in the city.”
The flats will have ground-floor parking for 35 vehicles, underneath six stories of apartment buildings Twelve flats will include private balconies, plans submitted by JRL Homes revealed.
The land for the new apartments was previously home to the Hull Municipal Buildings and Hull Register office.
“I think it has everything going for it,” Cllr Keal said.
“I assess a building like this on whether I would want to live there, and the answer is yes. I would love to live in one of those top-story apartments, and I think a lot of other people will as well.”
The old Hull Municipal Offices in Freetown Way
James Ledger, applicant for the apartments, also spoke at the meeting.
He said the plans had “aimed to provide an iconic building, and a beautifully modern statement.”
He said the building would include a “communal open space at upper level,” and said the block would provide “a bright and pleasant space to live in.”
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Hull’s municipal offices were built in the 1930s, before being demolished by Hull City Council three years ago. Since then the land has been used as a long-stay car park.
The city centre apartment building is designed to be constructed from high-quality, eco-friendly materials, and will be flood-risk free.
Cllr John Fareham said on the plans: “The design is good – I don’t care for parts of it but I can’t find a reason to turn it down.
“If we can’t have semi-modern designs there, then where can we have them in the city centre?
“I read that some of the rooms were a tad on the small side, which does give me considerable concern.
“We want to be building for the future, and don’t want a bug hatch, so we need to be satisfied about that.”
Concerns were raised at the committee meeting regarding the number of parking spaces on-site.
Cllr Keal said in response: “I think it will work quite well with the number of spaces that are there.
“People will be in these apartments for a reason…they go out every Friday and Saturday night, and still find a way home without having to look for their car keys.”
The application was approved by Hull City councillors.