103 new homes WILL be built on east Hull site of Princess Royal Hospital
PLANNING permission has been granted to build more than 100 houses in east Hull.
Proposals for 103 two-storey houses to be built on the former Princess Royal Hospital site, in Saltshouse Road, were approved by a city council planning committee yesterday.
The development will include 79 detached properties, with detached or integral garages and drives, and 24 semi-detached houses, each with two car parking spaces.
Councillor Alan Gardiner said the approval of the scheme was good news for the area.
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He said: "The site has become an eyesore since the hospital was demolished but that is set to change.
"The approval of the development is something I welcome.
"It is a quality development and it will really enhance the area and help bring it back to life.
"The confidence the developers have shown in the area, especially in such a tough economic climate, is brilliant. I hope they can get started on the project as soon as possible."
An initial planning application for 111 homes was approved in 2009 with the condition the developer, Bellway Homes, included so-called "green roofs" on about 25 per cent of the houses.
As part of the new application, councillors were asked to review the condition covering the roofs.
Green roofs are fully or partially covered with vegetation and provide benefits to the house including absorbing rainwater and providing insulation.
The council report produced on the back of the application said the developer has not made any provision for green roofs in the design of the houses but insisted other steps have been taken to replace the condition.
It stated: "Providing green roofs on this scheme would increase the construction costs and would be technically challenging due to the increased weight and because of the pitch of the roofs.
"The cost of this provision is not outweighed by some of the benefits of green roofs, such as ecological enhancement and reduced surface water run off, as these benefits are already delivered through this scheme."
Cllr Gardiner said the condition was withdrawn as the development provided other "substantial ecological provisions".
He said: "The development is modern and well designed to minimise the impact on the environment.
"The developers have made a number of changes to offset the green roofs condition."
Approval was given under the condition the applicants work with Hull City Council to minimise the impact on residents in the area and on the neighbouring golf course.
Consultations were held with residents in Saltshouse Road and the surrounding area prior to the demolition of the hospital.
Cllr Gardiner said: "The response from residents has been very positive.
"It is an extremely residential area and developments like this one will only enhance it."