Hull City's Allams face setback over Rosedowns luxury apartments plan
THEY are two of the richest businessmen in Britain and the financial saviours of Hull City.
But Assem and Ehab Allam are facing a possible setback over plans to redevelop an industrial site close to the city centre for new housing.
The pair want to convert the former Rosedowns factory in Cannon Street into luxury apartments.
They are also seeking outline approval from Hull City Council to build 78 homes on nearby land.
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But planning officers at the authority are recommending refusal for both schemes when they go before councillors next week.
They claim noise from existing manufacturing companies in the area would have an “adverse effect” on living conditions for residents moving into the new flats.
A report for next Wednesday’s planning committee reveals two nearby businesses have submitted letters of objection voicing similar concerns.
They say the area is zoned for industrial use and claim any go-ahead for new housing would comprise their own operations and potentially stifle any future expansion proposals.
The report adds: “Any subsequent noise disturbance would likely result in complaints which may impact in an adverse way on the viability of those businesses.
“It is therefore considered that until it can be adequately demonstrated that existing employment activities in the area would not have an adverse effect on the living conditions of future residents, a precautionary approach should be taken and the application be refused.”
The council officers also say the lack of any designated open space in the housing scheme goes against planning policies.
Both applications have been submitted by Allam Developments.
The father and son duo are listed as the only directors.
The company was formed in 1996 but has not been active commercially.
Latest accounts filed for the firm show it has a capital value of £250,000.
When the plans were first submitted to the council last year, the Allams told the Mail they were keeping an open mind on the long-term future of the site.
In a statement, Ehab Allam said: “No decision has yet been made as to whether we will develop the site ourselves or sell it on if planning consent is
The planning applications include listed building consent to carry out conversion work on the derelict concrete-framed factory, which is thought to be one of the oldest structures of its kind in the country.
The building has been disused since the mid-1990s.