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Campaign launched against Pocklington homes plans
A CAMPAIGN has been launched against plans to build 600 homes in countryside on the outskirts of Pocklington.
Local residents claim the development on a 78-acre site off Kilnwick Road – which would also involve a 61-bed care home – would lead to an estimated 20 per cent increase in the population of the East Yorkshire town at a stroke.
Dianne Owen, who chairs a new community group called Positive Planning for Pocklington (PPP), said developers Barratt had indicated they were intending to submit a planning application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council imminently after staging an exhibition in the town last week.
She said the group accepted there would be development in Pocklington – a planned 1,148 houses by 2028 – “but this site is too much, too soon and in the wrong place”.
She said: “Positive Planning for Pocklington wants to have the best possible development for the town that benefits our local community, supports our local economy and schools, and enhances our location as the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds.
“Pocklington is a vibrant market town. The town’s visual, historic and archaeological qualities should be protected and enhanced through good sustainable housing development.
“The Barratt’s proposal will permanently damage the market town character and overwhelm the infrastructure.”
She claimed the new houses would generate hundreds of new commuters undertaking thousands of daily journeys right through the town’s bottlenecks, cut-throughs and rural lanes as they drove to the A1079 .
“The existing issues of traffic ‘rat runs’ on residential roads and parking congestion will be exacerbated to an unacceptable level.”
She also claimed the scheme also pre-empted and undermined East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) for Pocklington.
She added PPP had a Facebook page – facebook.com/PositivePlanningForPocklington – which people could “like” to show their support for the campaign.
Paul Butler, head of planning for Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire, said the council required more than 1,100 new homes in Pocklington in the next 15 years, and many people recognised the need for new homes – particularly the benefits of new affordable housing for local residents.
He confirmed about 90 of the 600 proposed homes would be affordable and there would also be a 60-unit one-bed affordable extra-care home and community facilities. The new housing was expected to take up to 16 years to be completed.
He said the company would work through comments received at the exhibition, which was attended by 400 people, and improve the proposals, and it expected to submit an application in the next few weeks.
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