Developer stands by rejected homes plan
A DEVELOPER whose proposal to build 141 homes was thrown out is appealing to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision.
East Riding Council's Planning Committee unanimously rejected Linden Homes' bid to build on greenfield land north of Beverley.
People who had crowded in to last month's meeting at County Hall cheered as the plan for land off Woodhall Way in Molescroft was described as a "mish-mash" by objecting councillors.
But, instead of redrawing the scheme and further addressing concerns about the scheme's design and access routes, Linden Homes has lodged a direct appeal.
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Andrew Byrne, the company's strategic land and planning manager, said: "We were extremely disappointed the planning committee voted last month to refuse our application, despite officers' recommendation to approve.
"We had spent many months talking to residents and officers – and had made significant changes to our proposals – in an effort to deliver an exceptional scheme.
"Not only that but there is an identified need for new homes in sustainable locations such as this in Beverley.
"We remain very keen to proceed with this development, which would provide, as part of the overall project, 32 affordable homes for local people.
"We have, therefore, submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the committee's decision to refuse our scheme and consider that we have an excellent prospect of success."
The scheme falls outside the town's present development limits so it could easily be rejected because of that.
But those limits are likely to be amended in the new East Riding Core Strategy, which will seek to free up more building land this autumn. That was why council officers – but not councillors – felt it should progress. Linden Homes will hope the Planning Inspectorate feels the same way.
North Beverley Action Group, which was set up to oppose what it sees as "inappropriate" development such as the Woodhall Way plan and another proposal for land north of Driffield Road, believes the Linden Homes application should be scrapped.
Spokesman Thelma Brown, of Woodhall Way, said: "It's disappointing Linden Homes are not prepared to take into account the unanimous opposition of residents and the planning committee and that they see fit to progress with this.
"It is totally against everything in the principal of localism.
"That particular piece of land is especially unsuitable because of the risk of flooding and the fact they are not proposing to direct the traffic out onto Grange Way.
"They are creating an unnecessary traffic jam."
The plans include family homes, bungalows, a children's play area and allotments.
Access from the new estate would be onto Woodhall Way with traffic turning either left towards Manor Road and Beverley town centre or right to join Driffield Road and link to routes out of town.