Public inquiry launched over planning stalemate at Hull's notorious derelict sites

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jan 2018

The future of two long-standing derelict sites in Hull could become clearer after a public inquiry into planning issues at both locations.

A two-day inquiry will be held in May to hear appeals by North Ferriby-based Manor Property Group.

The company is challenging decisions by Hull City Council to refuse separate applications to keep previous planning permissions "live" at both the former Clarence Mill site next to Drypool Bridge in the city centre and at St. Andrews dock in west Hull.

Previous approvals secured by Manor for development schemes at both sites included time-limits for construction work to start.

When it refused the last application for the Clarence Mill site in 2015, the council said the firm had failed to meet various pre-build conditions which were required before any construction work could start.

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Manor was given planning approval to build a mixed-use scheme featuring a casino, new restaurants, a hotel, private apartments and student flats at the old mill site in 2008.

The time limit to start the development was extended in 2010 but expired three years ago.

A similar extension agreed at St. Andrews dock for a previously-approved Manor-led student campus scheme also expired in 2015.

The inquiry is expected to decide whether the council was right to refuse so-called lawful development certificates for both sites.

Speaking at the time of the last Clarence Mill refusal, the council's planning manager Alex Codd said: "The decision to refuse the lawful development certificate is a purely technical decision based on the lack of drainage, archaeology, contamination, renewable energy and phasing information submitted to discharge the necessary pre-commencement planning conditions."

The derelict old hydraulic tower and pump house next to the Lord Line building on St. Andrew's dock, Hull.

Manor recently submitted a new planning application to convert the former Lord Line building on St Andrews dock into a restaurant and offices after being refused permission to demolish it in December.

Meanwhile the issue of tackling derelict privately-owned sites is liklely to be top of the agenda when Steve Quartermain, chief planner at the department for communities and local government, visits Hull next month.

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Councillor Martin Mancey, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "There remain problems with material starts, land ownership and compulsory purchase which need raising in order to ensure all these sites are developed out in their entirety."

He said the visit by Mr Quartermain provided an opportunity to press for greater powers to be given to councils over the issue.

"It is expected the outcome of this meeting would be a clear strategy outlining what legislative changes could be made to enable sites to come forward."

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