Future of Kingswood up for grabs: Views wanted on Hull estate
OPTIONS on how the rest of Kingswood should be developed over the next 15 years will go out to public consultation next month.
Residents and businesses will get the chance to have their say on the future look of the area.
Building work first started in the mid-1990s with the aim of providing thousands of new homes and creating a substantial number of jobs through new businesses.
Now, Hull City Council is set to ask people their views on how the remaining undeveloped land at Kingswood should be allocated.
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The results will be used to draw up a new area action plan to coincide with the requirement to secure new planning permission for the remaining sites.
The aims of the 15-year blueprint include:
Building an additional 3,400 homes up to 2028.
Developing a second local shopping and community centre on the eastern side of the estate.
Expanding Broadacre Primary School and, potentially, other schools in the area.
Creating a new park on the eastern side of Kingswood.
Constructing a new link road between Kingswood Parks and Wawne Road.
Attracting new business development near the River Hull.
Improving existing greenfield sites at Bude Park and Foredyke Green.
Alex Codd, Hull City Council's planning manager, said the eight-week consultation would include options for five specific areas of the estate.
They include a suggestion that land previously earmarked for employment close to the existing Kingswood business park should be converted to housing use instead.
Mr Codd said: "A consultation leaflet illustrating the options will be sent to all residents in Kingswood, Wawne, parts of Bransholme, Sutton Park and Waterside Park.
"Walk-in public events will also take place in and around Kingswood at times that are convenient to the public where copies of the plan will be available."
The move to launch the public consultation was agreed yesterday by the council's cabinet.
However, some councillors claimed more detailed work needed to be done to resolve potential problems involving traffic and the impact of developing new shopping areas.
Councillor Phil Webster said he was concerned main roads in the area were already congested at peak hours.
He said: "I have real concerns over the transport infrastructure because there is already a major trunk road running north to south through Kingswood.
"We already have a real bottleneck at a mini-roundabout in Sutton.
"Having all this new development is going to make it ten times worse, yet there is nothing being said about what is going to be done to existing junctions like this."