The council has exciting plans for these two derelict sites in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Mar 2018

Two prime development sites on the east bank of the River Hull have been snapped up by the city council inside three weeks.

The super-fast deal has brought the former Clarence Mill site next to Drypool Bridge and the historic Trinity House buoy shed under council ownership for the first time.

It gives extra impetus to plans for new housing along the riverfront between Drypool Bridge and Myton Bridge.

The council was given just 21 days to enter into contracts with government agency Homes England to receive grant funding of £5.7m to purchase the land.

The former Rank Hovis Clarence Flour mill

Mark Jones, the council's director of regeneration, said: "To acquire these two significant sites in just three weeks is quite remarkable.

"It demonstrates our commitment to secure the long-term future, reconnect this area of the city centre and give the area a new lease of life.

"This purchase follows the success of the work in the nearby Fruit Market where 101 new homes are currently being built.

"This again represents growing confidence and provides new housing in the city centre."

The current idea of the two sites is to build up to 850 new homes on the two sites.

The acquisition of the former mill site from North Ferriby-based Manor Property Group brings an end to a lengthy saga over its future.

The former Trinity House buoy shed

Previously approved plans by the company to build a hotel, restaurants, a casino and high-rise apartments failed to get off the ground and permission for the scheme eventually lapsed.

Built in 1901, the buoy shed was last used as a base by specialist underwater civil engineering firm Northern Divers.

It was put up for sale 12 months ago along with adjoining land which is currently being used as a temporary car park.

The shed is a Grade II listed building and the site includes a Victorian era crane.

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