Former Hull convent WILL be turned into 132 new flats despite residents protests

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Dec 2017

Plans to redevelop a former convent site in Hull for housing have been approved despite objections from nearby residents.

The scheme will see a total of 132 new flats being created at the Endsleigh Centre in Beverley Road.

The facelift project will see the main former convent building being converted into a 50-bed student complex.

In addition, a chapel at the site will house 18 new flats, while another 64 apartments will be created in three new-build blocks within the grounds.

Residents living in nearby Philip Larkin Close claimed the development would create unwanted extra noise, traffic and potential overlooking problems.

The entrance to the Endsleigh Centre on Beverley Road

Speaking at a city council planning committee, resident Andrew Jarvis said there was already a "glut" of student housing in the area.

He claimed many residents faced having their proeprties and back gardens overlooked by some of the new flats planned for the site.

The residents' views were shared by ward councillor Steve Wilson.

He said: "A more appropriate development would be welcomed by local people but this is not appropriate.

"It's an over-development."

However planning councillors voted in favour of the facelift, which also includes the provision of 97 car parking spaces.

Developer James Ledger said existing green space at the site would be retained.

The old St Mary's Chapel at the Endsleigh Centre which will be converted into flats

He envisaged alterations to the current buildings would be minimal and claimed the scheme's design would avoid overlooking of neighbouring properties.

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"We have worked very closely with the planning department on thie scheme and, subject to any conditions which might be imposed, we want to start on it as soon as possible."

The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy announced it was vacating the site two years ago having originally opened a convent there in 1901.

Previously, Mr Ledger told the Mail he would keep the building's exterior as much as possible.

He said: “All the stained glass windows which are there will be kept the same, and the exterior of the building will be unchanged.

“The orchard, memorial garden and maze will also be kept – there is no point in cutting corners, and I want that to be the finest accommodation in the area.”

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