Birds Eye appeals over new homes plan for west Hull site
BIRDS Eye is appealing the decision to reject plans for housing on its former factory site off Hessle Road.
The company wanted to build 185 homes on the land, along with some light industrial units.
The site has been empty since the firm's pea processing plant closed in 2007.
Hull City Council's planning committee rejected the plans last week, claiming the land is important for creating jobs.
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The scheme had already been recommended for refusal by planning officials, and councillors voted to refuse the plans by nine votes to five, with ward councillor Pete Allen voting in favour of the scheme.
Commercial real estate services firm CBRE is the agent for Birds Eye and put in the application.
Jay Everett, director of planning, said: "We have been instructed to appeal the decision and are now awaiting the documentation outlining the reasons for refusal.
"We assume it will be on the basis that this is employment land.
"But we feel the plans we submitted will deliver jobs and much-needed housing."
The appeal will go to Planning Inspectorate, which would probably be held in a few months' time.
This will be the second appeal, after a previous application by Birds Eye for 260 homes was rejected in 2010. On that occasion, the planning inspector upheld the decision to reject the application.
Mr Everett said: "We are confident about the appeal and I think we have a strong case.
"After the last appeal, when we put in an application for just housing, we have taken on board what the planning inspector said."
A petition was signed by 130 residents backing plans for the 185-home development at the Hessle Road site last month.
Peter Welton, 70, of Forester Way, on the Summergroves Way estate, said he hoped the appeal would be successful.
He said: "I will certainly support the appeal.
"I have said before, there are too many industrial units in the city as it is.
"I think there is a good chance the appeal will be successful because they have tried to compromise."
Pickering ward councillor Claire Thomas has backed the appeal.
She said: "I think Birds Eye has done the right thing in compromising.
"The vast majority of the residents want housing on the site.
"They don't want to live next to a factory with the noise, traffic and fumes.
"I believe Birds Eye had worked hard to come up with a workable solution."