Major developments hit by delays as house-building boom gets off to a slow start

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Apr 2019

East Yorkshire's main towns are not growing as rapidly as forecast under a long-term planning blueprint.

Future land use policies agreed under the East Riding Local Plan map out how and where sites are likely to be developed over the next decade.

The plan covers a 17-year period which started in 2012 with new housing development seen as the main measure for growth.

Overall, a target has been set to build 23,800 new homes during the period.

But a new council report on performance targets covering a range of services says the level of growth in the East Riding's so-called principal towns - Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Goole - has so far not been as high as expected.

In contrast, growth in smaller villages and open countryside has exceeded expectations.

Greenfield land south of Beverley where 900 new homes will be built over the next decade

There has also been stronger than anticipated growth in the Haltemprice area, which includes Hessle, Anlaby, Kirk Ella and Cottingham, the more affluent villages to the west of Hull. 

In the report, the East Riding's forward planning and housing strategy manager John Craig said: "The level of growth in principal towns has not been as high as expected.

"One major reason for this is related to the scale of sites allocated in places such as Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Goole.

"Two major allocations have been identified in Beverley and work has only recently commenced on one of them.

"There are multiple land owners involved and significant infrastructure requirements in bringing these sites forward.

"There are currently applications in the pipeline for these sites so we anticipate that additional growth will come forward in the short to medium term."

Mr Craig said large-scale proposed housing schemes in Bridlington and Driffield had been slow to come forward because the market was not as strong as in other parts of the East Riding.

Richard Beal, chief executive of Beal Homes, at the site in Goole where 800 new homes will be built.

However, he said new development proposals were starting to emerge in Driffield with recent interest also being expressed for allocated sites in Bridlington.

"For both of these, the council is exploring funding opportunities to help deliver infrastructure, such as roundabouts, with the aim of supporting the market to deliver new homes.

"In Goole, the economic viability of delivering new homes is difficult due to the strength of the market and additional requirements that come with ensuring development is safe from flood risk."

However, Mr Craig said the recent application by Beal Homes to build 800 new homes on a 73-acre site north of Rawcliffe Road in Goole was a positive sign for the town.

The higher than expected growth in new housing in villages and the open countryside is attributed to recent national changes in planning policy which have made it easier to develop new homes in rural areas.

They include new measures aimed at encouraging the conversion of certain agricultural buildings into new homes.

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