Kingswood residents fight Yorkshire Water pumping station plans
HOMEOWNERS fighting plans for a new water pumping station near their homes say it could wipe thousands of pounds off the value of their properties.
Utility company Yorkshire Water wants to replace its existing pumping station off Selset Way, in Kingswood, with a new facility.
But residents living on the estate claim the new building will tower over their homes, as it is three times larger than the existing station.
Councillors on Hull City Council's planning committee this week delayed making a decision on the company's application after hearing a series of objections from people living in Selset Way.
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The committee asked Yorkshire Water to consider alternative locations and bring back options to its next meeting in December.
Pauline Cochran, who lives in Selset Way, said: "I live in a three-storey house and this pumping station will be taller than my house.
"It's an industrial building in the middle of a small residential development.
"If it goes ahead where they want to build it, it's going to impact on our property prices.
"I am going to lose money because this will wipe 20 per cent off the value of our homes.
"It's a monstrosity in the middle of where I live."
She claimed moving the new station to the opposite side an existing lagoon at the site would be the ideal solution.
"Yorkshire Water has the money to move it if they wanted to," she said.
The proposed facility will be 51ft above surrounding ground levels and almost 140ft long.
Its size will allow the installation of six giant screw pumps capable of being tested and maintained during dry weather conditions.
The six pumps are only likely to be used to deal with increased flows during exceptional heavy storms.
Two smaller screw pumps will operate 24 hours-a-day to deal with normal flows during dry weather.
Some residents who spoke at this week's planning committee claimed they had been told by estate developer Barratt that any new Yorkshire Water facility at the site would feature underground pumps.
Resident Gary Brook said: "The length of this new pumping station is the equivalent of ten houses put side-to-side.
"Yorkshire Water say they will plant trees to screen it off but I would like to know which garden centre sells 50ft trees."
Dave Beecroft, who also lives in Selset Way, said: "It will be a complete eyesore if it is built where they want to build it.
"It is going to have an impact on property prices."
He said open undeveloped land was available across the existing lagoon near the Kingswood leisure park.
Stephanie Walden, planning manager at Yorkshire Water, said the new station would replace the existing 40-year-old facility which suffered extensive damage during the 2007 floods.
"We do fully appreciate the concerns of the residents regarding the scale of the new building and we are seeking to minimise the impact wherever possible," she said.
She said a number of options for the location of the new station had already been fully assessed based on the need to maintain the safe operation of the lagoon and flood defences along the adjacent River Hull.
"The only suitable site is the application site," she said.