Chance to see plans for 600 new homes on Cottingham outskirts
A PLANNING application for 600 homes on the outskirts of Cottingham has been submitted.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust hopes to sell the fields it owns opposite Castle Hill Hospital to developers.
The proposals include community facilities, football pitches, a primary school, a medical centre, a convenience store and a pub.
A spokesman for the trust said: "Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted the outline planning application to East Riding Council for mixed use development of hospital- owned land for the delivery of much-needed housing, employment opportunities and community services on land to the south of Castle Road, Cottingham.
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"The trust's aspirations for the development of their land includes family housing, key health worker accommodation, older persons' accommodation inc- luding extra care facilities, a primary school and the potential for small commercial elements such as a pub and a convenience store.
"Plans also include extensive community use areas of green open spaces, sports pitches, allotments and an orchard."
The proposed land is currently in agricultural use.
The spokesman said: "All monies raised through the sale of this land for development purposes will be reinstated into patient care and services."
At a recent public exhibition residents expressed concern about the impact the development would have on flooding, drainage and traffic.
Cottingham ward councillor Lena Slater said: "I think residents will be a lot happier if the number of houses proposed related to the new policies for that area – which has been reduced from 600 to about 160."
At the public exhibition in Cottingham Methodist Hall, in Hallgate, some residents also questioned whether any new housing would make £10m improvements to reduce congestion on the A164 Humber Bridge route out of date just years after the work had been finished.
The trust spokeswoman said: "Land at Castle Hill Park has been reviewed by the council and accepted as a site containing very few barriers for development.
"The land is suitable and available and, subject to an appropriate layout and design, would make a sustainable extension to the settlement of Cottingham."
The plans need to be validated by the council and then they will be available to view on its website.
Construction could begin by the end of 2015, with 80 homes built a year.
Residents will then have the opportunity to comment during the public consultation.