Housing developers get stern warning as two big East Yorkshire schemes rejected

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Apr 2019

Developers have been told to stop pushing to increase the size of proposed new housing schemes across the East Riding.

The warning comes after separate applications to build more homes than originally allocated for at sites in Cottingham and Swanland were refused by East Riding planning councillors.

In Cottingham, house-builders Barratt and David Wilson Homes wanted to amend previously-approved plans for a large greenfield site off Harland Way.

Had the new proposal been accepted, it would have increased the total number of new homes at site from 320 to 364.

Construction of an initial phase featuring 35 homes and two apartment blocks fronting Harland Way is already underway.

However, the planning committee voted by 11-1 to reject the application after hearing a passionate objection from Cottingham town councillor Kevin Casson.

New apartments being built in Harland Way, Cottingham (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

He said parts of the development would end up looking like a "brutal modern day ghetto" and added: "If it sounds like I am unimpressed it's because I am."

Ward Councillor Ros Jump was equally unimpressed with recent efforts by the developers to improve the lay-out and design.

She said increasing the overall number of homes would mean less green space and smaller gardens on the site while ultimately putting extra pressure on nearby schools.

Cllr Jump also claimed the new apartments being built at the front of the site were out of keeping with the surrounding area.

Cllr Ros Jump (Image: Peter Harbour)

"I challenge anyone to explain how a three-storey apartment block being built on raised ground enhances the streetscene in Harland Way."

Committee member Councillor Mike Stathers contested her claim that his planning colleagues were failing to tackle developers on key strategic sites.

But he added: "What is not being taken on board are the views of the committee by developers.

"There have been numerous examples of this in Pocklington, Beverley, Market Weighton and now Cottingham.

"It's about time developers listened to our views, I do not think they have listened on this occasion because they have only come up with little more than a few cosmetic changes."

Councillor John Whittle said pushing for extra homes at the site was "riding roughshod" over the council Local Plan allocations for future housing land.

Soon after the Cottingham scheme was rejected, an application by Redrow Homes to build 57 homes on a site in West Wold which is allocated for 32 properties was also refused.

Councillor Julie Abraham (left) with her ward colleague Vanessa Walker (Image: Unknown)

That decision sparked applause from members of the public.

In an official objection, Swanland Parish Council said an adjacent site originally earmarked for 62 new homes was now expected to feature 100 properties.

Councillor Julie Abraham, who represents the village, also spoke out against the Redrow scheme.

She said increasing the amount of housing on the site was "totally unacceptable".

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