Villagers hand in 1,400-name petition against housing scheme
BATTLING villagers have handed in a 1,400-name petition protesting against controversial housing plans.
Save Our Ferriby campaigners want East Riding Council to reject plans by national developer St Modwen for 510 houses on Melton Fields, next to the village.
East Riding councillor Julie Abraham accepted the petition as ward councillor for the area.
She said: "I have lodged a letter of objection against the plans.
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"The land is designated for employment uses. It's like a double whammy – you don't get the jobs and you get more people who need jobs.
"The infrastructure cannot support another 510 houses, plus sheltered accommodation and a care home.
"The schools would need considerable additional investment.
"Medical and dental facilities are also under pressure, as are leisure and recreational facilities."
She insisted there was no proven need for another 510 homes.
Cllr Abraham said: "There are 250 homes with up to four bedrooms for sale within three miles of the application site.
"I am also concerned that the erection of housing on what is already a partially developed business park will create conflict between residents and existing businesses plus any future employment development."
A spokesman for St Modwen said: "Clearly, in these difficult times, there is a need for both jobs and new homes, including affordable homes.
"Building homes will create jobs and help boost the local economy now.
"We estimate some 500 jobs will be created, including much- needed jobs for young people, through the construction phase alone.
"But even with this land being developed for housing, there would still be almost ten years supply of employment land remaining at Melton, without taking into account other schemes.
"Our proposals are for a sustainable development, which includes a commitment to investment in social infrastructure, such as schools, healthcare and shops, which will also bring more jobs in the longer term.
"Following public consultation we have adapted our plans and the new homes have been integrated into an extensive landscaping scheme with large areas of public open space, playing fields and equipped play areas and the range of landscaping has been specifically designed to boost bio- diversity in the area."