Hull council wants to earmark land it owns near Cottingham for housing

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Mar 2019

The city council has re-launched a bid to get land it owns in the East Riding zoned for future housing development.

Two Hull-owned greenfield sites off Priory Road near Cottingham were rejected for potential housing when the East Riding Council's Local Plan was adopted nearly three years ago.

Instead, several alternative sites mainly to the north and west of the village were formally allocated for new residential development.

They included former agricultural land off Harland Way near Cottingham High School and another large open site off Castle Road close to Castle Hill hospital.

Overall, enough land around the village for nearly 1,110 new homes has been officially classified as being suitable for development over the next 15 years.

It means securing planning permission for housing at each site is more likely because the future land use matches the East Riding's own planning policy.

Now, as part of a review of the plan, Hull has again asked for two sites it owns off Priory Road to be re-considered for allocation for new housing.

Three years ago they were rejected because of concerns over flooding and the potential erosion of the greenbelt between Hull and Cottingham.

In a new report, the city council's director of regeneration Alex Codd confirms his authority has asked the East Riding to reconsider the two allocations.

A similar request has also been made for another Hull-owned site in the East Riding at the former Hedon aerodrome between the city's eastern boundary and Hedon.

An image of the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

That is currently designated as open space under the East Riding Local Plan but Hull is lobbying to change that to employment use.

The old aerodrome site is currently the subject of a planning application for a £200m energy park being backed by a consortium of developers.

They say the site has the potential to create thousands of new jobs with a number of big-name tenants already lined up should it be granted planning approval.

Last week East Riding cabinet councillors heard the authority had received just over 1,000 specific land bids as part of the Local Plan review following a recent consultation period.

Each site will now be assessed by planning officials at County Hall in a process which could take up to nine months to complete.

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