Residents lose battle to block water station
PLANS for a controversial new pumping station in Kingswood have been approved despite protests from residents.
Hull City Council's planning committee approved the plans at a meeting yesterday after an initial application was rejected last year.
The station, which will be built in Selset Way, will help protect more than 15,000 homes from flooding, according to Yorkshire Water.
Matt Thompson, a spokesman for the water company, said: "We're delighted our proposals have been approved by the planning committee.
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"The decision means we can now begin work on a much needed, state-of-the-art pumping station, which will help to better protect more than 15,000 properties in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas from the risk of flooding in the future."
The facility will be built next to the existing site, with the old station being demolished once its replacement is fully operational.
Stephanie Walden, planning manager at Yorkshire Water, said the station would go a long way to ensuring there is no repeat of the devastating effects of the 2007 floods.
She said: "This is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country with regards to flooding.
"We need to act quickly to protect houses in Bransholme and the surrounding areas."
The firm was criticised over the lack of consultation with residents that will be directly affected.
Ever since the initial plans for the facility were proposed, residents in the area voiced their concerns.
Pauline Cochran, of Selset Way, spoke on behalf of residents at yesterday's meeting.
"These are our homes and this will spoil our lives," she said.
"What Yorkshire Water has done is propaganda and scaremongering.
"There is no guarantee the new station will protect homes from future flooding but a decision has been made."
The revised application included reducing the height of the building by three feet and including windows in the exterior walls.
Mr Thompson said Yorkshire Water had consulted with residents on a regular basis and would continue to do so.
He said: "From the very beginning, we've liaised closely with the community and used their feedback to help shape our plans."
"We'll continue to liaise closely with the local community to update them on how our work is progressing and how the new pumping station will benefit them."
Three alternative sites were considered but, according to Yorkshire Water, all would impact on the structure of flood banks in the area.