Controversial homes plan approved in Burton Pidsea despite child safety fears

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 May 2017

Controversial plans to build homes behind a village pub have been approved despite strong objections from the parish council.

Planning chiefs have given the green light to two homes being built on land to the rear of The Black Bull in Burton Pidsea.

Local councillors had desperately tried to block the move over fears the development could create "road crossing dangers" to pupils going to and from the village primary school, which stands opposite the land.

In a collective response to the application, they listed three principle factors in opposing housebuilding at the site.

The group wrote: "Access to the site is over a school restricted parking zone - there are already parking problems in this area and road crossing dangers for school children.

"Burton Pidsea Parish Council has campaigned for many months in relation to "dangerous parking" outside the school on Church Street and the risk posed to children crossing to school.

CONTROVERSIAL: The land lies to the rear of The Black Bull, but is not owned by the pub.

"The dwellings proposed are large family homes which could result in a number of additional cars being displaced onto Church Street due to a lack of available parking within the curtiledge of the dwellings, exacerbating an existing problem.

"There is "blind" access/egress into Church Street from the site which is extremely close to a busy road junction."

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The application was approved by East Riding Council's eastern area planning sub-committee on Monday.

The land itself is in the possession of local homeowner, Alan Wright, and the application is being dealt with by Ullyotts Estate Agents in Driffield.

East Riding ward councillor Peter Turner said the development had been a "contentious" one for the village.

OPPOSITION: The local parish council had strong objections to the plans.

"Unfortunately with planning issues there is always a winner and a loser," he said. "It's extremely difficult for everyone.

"This application was recommended for approval and the members of the committee would have looked at it objectively.

"All the ward councillors, including myself, have been to have a look at it, and you can see the reasons why people believe what they believe. But ultimately we are fully aware of what local people think.

"We've tried to find a compromise on all sorts of things. We've looked at having different speed limits and having different areas marked off for parking. But it's a problem."

Ward councillor Brian Skow said he had concerns about the impact of the development on pupil safety, but that Highways England officers had promised to look into the matter.

"I'd like to see double yellow lines on both side of the road for the sake of the children," he said. "That's why I didn't like the application as it was."

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