Rejected: Rosedowns plan of Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam thrown out by council
HULL City owners Assem and Ehab Allam have had plans for a new housing development close to the city centre turned down by councillors.
The father and son duo had hoped to secure planning permission to convert the former Rosedowns factory in Cannon Street into 26 apartments.
Their company Allam Developments had also applied to build 78 new family houses on open land at a nearby site between Cannon Street and Bridlington Avenue.
But councillors on Hull City Council's planning committee voted against the two schemes at a meeting yesterday.
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They supported the views of existing manufacturing businesses in the area, who said allowing new housing could threaten their future.
Speaking at the meeting, Robert Sanderson, director of Robert Sanderson and Sons Ltd, of Cannon Street, said: "We need to be protecting manufacturing industries like ours.
"We have been established here for 60 years, we employ 60 people and we have been training apprentices for all of those 60 years.
"We bring work into Hull and we do quality work. We do that by bashing bits of steel together.
"It's noisy but that is the nature of the business."
He said giving the go-ahead for new housing so close to existing heavy manufacturing was a recipe for trouble.
"I would fear for the future of the company, the jobs that go with it and the families who depend on those jobs if this was approved," he said.
Barry Evans, who represents Allam Developments, said the company needed revenue from the proposed new housing development to cover the cost of refurbishing the former Rosedowns factory, which includes the listed concrete-framed workshop known as the Hennebique building.
The workshop is thought to be the second-oldest building of its type in the UK.
Mr Evans said the workshop had last been used in 1970 and claimed there was no interest from anyone in re-using for industrial purposes.
"Our proposals will bring a building of national interest back into use as flats on a brownfield site that is a stone's throw away from the city centre."
He said the aim of the facelift was to provide "high-quality accommodation" with a recently-commissioned acoustic survey showing noise levels from nearby firms would be within "acceptable levels".
But Councillor Tom McVie said land earmarked for employment use should remain that way.
He said: "Industrial land should be sacrosanct.
"If anything, I would like to see some new light industry moving on to this site to create a buffer between the existing manufacturing areas the residential area off Bridlington Avenue."
Under planning rules, the Allams have 28 days to lodge any appeal against the committee's decision.