Residents' concerns as major plans for 900 homes could go ahead despite impact on Beverley Minster

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

Major plans for 900 homes and a park and ride for Beverley look set to be approved – if developers agree to conditions.

Concerns about “monotonous speculative housing”, the impact on Beverley Minster and a long wait for the park and ride have been raised.

But East Riding Council could approve the plans, if the builders sign a legal agreement for 10 per cent of homes in the first phase to be affordable housing, with the amount reviewed for later phases.

Financial contributions for education, open space, a rail bridge and an upgrade of Spark Mill Lane, are also among the requirements for the legal agreement.

Thursday’s meeting of the council’s planning committee will be advised to defer granting planning permission, until a legal agreement is signed by the builders.

Linden Homes and Strata Homes are behind the plans for 40 hectares of fields, immediately south of Beverley Parklands and the leisure centre sports fields.

Beverley’s civic society is “very disappointed” with the plans, complaining of “monotonous speculative housing” planned for the site on the southern edge of the town.

Beverley and District Civic Society is concerned the plans will result in "monotonous" housing, says Dick Lidwell (Image: Simon Renilson)

Civic society spokesman Dick Lidwell says: “The society is very concerned, as this is one of the most major developments in Beverley for the last 20 years.

“The current detailed scheme looks straight out of the normal commercial housing template.

"The submitted plans and the street elevations confirm that the scheme consists of a sprinkling of green spaces and monotonous speculative housing around curvy suburban roads, with little differentiation to node points or the identified key buildings.”

Historic England is concerned about the impact the new homes would have on Beverley Minster, some 400 metres from the site.

It says: “The proposed development would result in the loss of part of the agricultural setting of the Minster to the south-east of Beverley.

“The fundamental change in character of this area from rural to urban will affect the setting of the Minster in views from the south.”

Cllr Kerri Harold has concerns about the number of homes planned south of Beverley Parklands

Full planning permission is sought for 325 homes in phase one. Outline permission for later phases is sought for 575 homes, sports pitches, open spaces and 500-space park and ride.

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Woodmansey Parish Council has questioned why the number of homes has gone up from 800 in the masterplan to 900 in the planning application.

Parish councillors also want to see the park and ride in the first phase.

East Riding ward Councillor Kerri Harold, who is also the parish council chairman, says: “It was 800 homes in the masterplan for a reason, it was about making sure there was no overdevelopment of that site.

“Also, whilst I appreciate the developer needs to have some funding in place to deliver the park and ride, we should not be beholden to that.

“They know they will get a receipt for the housing so the park and ride needs to be close to the start of building work, rather than towards the end.”

The planning committee will consider the scheme at Beverley's County Hall on Thursday

East Riding Council has received a number of comments from residents, with some saying the housing should be scaled back.

Some are also complaining about the loss of green fields and views of Beverley Minster, as well as extra traffic.

READ MORE: Fears £9m Beverley retail park with Lidl will damage existing shops and pubs

A report to go before East Riding councillors on Thursday says the land is already allocated for housing, mixed uses and the park and ride, so it the scheme is acceptable in principle.

Alan Menzies, the council’s director of planning and economic regeneration, says in his report to the committee: “Whilst the views to the Minster will change in terms of its setting, any harm that is created as a result of this development is considered to be less than substantial when weighed against the public benefits that arise from the development of this allocated housing site.”

The legal agreement for 10 per cent affordable housing would be for the first phase, with the amount reviewed for later phases.

Mr Menzies says in the report: “Overall given the high costs associated with this overall development, the provision of 10 per cent affordable housing, with a review mechanism to allow phases two and three to be reassessed in line with costs and house prices, is considered to be acceptable on balance.”

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