New Beverley housing development would be 'size of small village'
East Riding Councillor Kerri Harold says there will be key issues to consider
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Nov 2018
A developer looking to build 430 homes in Beverley is asking East Riding Council if an environmental impact assessment is required.
Peter Ward Homes is seeking an opinion from the council’s planning department, ahead of submitting a planning application for land east of Carlton Rise, on the south-west side of the town.
The land is among sites earmarked for housing in the council’s Local Plan, with some 2,400 homes expected to be built across the southern side of Beverley by various developers in the coming years.
East Riding ward Councillor Kerri Harold said the number of homes proposed by Peter Ward Homes is the size of a small village.
She welcomed the developer requesting “a screening opinion” from council planners, to get a clear view on the need for an environmental impact assessment before a planning application is submitted.
East Riding ward Councillor Kerri Harold
Cllr Harold said: “Just over 400 homes is the size of a small village.
“What we have to make sure is we get the best design and best development we can.”
She said access, infrastructure and design will be key issues when the planning application is submitted.
Beverley Civic Society wants to see a high quality design for new homes built in the town.
Civic society member Professor Barbara English said: “If we are going have these very large numbers of houses in one area they must have a more interesting design and not look like the houses the same developers are building anywhere else.
“Instead of just applying for permission for hundreds of houses, we would like them to show us beforehand what they will look like and how they will deal with the open spaces and the links between the housing.
“The civic society always asks why there are not more affordable homes on developments and the answer is the builders say they can’t afford to build them.
“Affordable housing is needed, as is housing for people in the last quarter of their life who don’t necessarily want to have the same design as everyone else."