Villagers prepare to battle plans for 500 new homes in North Ferriby
RESIDENTS are stepping up their fight against plans to build hundreds of homes on the edge of North Ferriby.
National developer St Modwen recently submitted an outline planning application to construct 510 homes, a 100-bed care home for the elderly, a sheltered housing complex featuring 20 apartments and a new retail park with facilities for community and leisure use.
The company says the aim of the scheme earmarked for 100 acres of greenfield land is to "provide a development of outstanding design quality, including a range of new homes, facilities for the elderly and associated community facilities set in a delightful landscaped setting".
But villagers who have spent months preparing to campaign against the proposal say they are now more determined than ever to stop it in its tracks.
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Peter Dykes, vice-chairman of the Save Our Ferriby group, said: "We had been expecting the application would be submitted just before Christmas and that is exactly what happened.
"If the hope was to keep it under the radar by doing it just before Christmas then I'm afraid it hasn't worked.
"If anything, it has simply hardened our resolve to fight this all the way."
If given the go-ahead, Mr Dykes said the development would change the character of North Ferriby once and for all.
"A development of this size would increase the size of the village by about one third," he said.
"No one who lives here wants Ferriby being turned into another Brough."
He said the group had spent recent months researching details about the site and potential grounds for objection.
"We are looking at two major issues here," said Mr Dykes.
"One is pollution of the land from the former Capper Pass works and the suitability of that land for new housing.
"We believe we have enough evidence to demonstrate it is not suitable.
"We are also concerned about the amount of traffic likely to be generated by a development of this size.
"The village is already gridlocked at peak times, particularly when people are taking their children to school and picking them back up again in the afternoon."
The group has also taken heart from East Riding Council's recently-published draft Local Plan, which allocates the site near Plantation Drive for future possible employment but not housing.
Residents met in the village's Royal British Legion Club last night to discuss the next move in their campaign, including a proposal to roll out protest posters across the area.
Mr Dykes said: "Even though this has been brewing for the best part of a year now, it's still surprising to find many people in the village who know nothing about it."
The proposals were first unveiled at two public consultation events last March.
Members of the public and interested groups have until Wednesday, January 23, to lodge any formal representations on the outline application.