Plans ‘lack car parking provision’, say councillors

The proposed layout of the development site. The area coloured salmon pink identifies the proposed housing layout. The area coloured yellow identifies the new hotel bedrooms and 'Lodge'.
The proposed layout of the development site. The area coloured salmon pink identifies the proposed housing layout. The area coloured yellow identifies the new hotel bedrooms and 'Lodge'.

Pocklington Town Council has objected to major plans to re-develop part of Pocklington Town Centre, claiming they lack parking provision.

Henry Thirsk, proprietor of The Feathers Hotel, on Market Place, and Jonathan Atkinson, of Broadvale Developments, have submitted a planning application to construct a new building at The Feathers to provide 10 new double en-suite bedrooms.

It is also proposed to integrate, under ‘The Feather umbrella’, the former Oddfellows Arms pub, on Union Street, which is to be renamed Stamford Lodge, which would provide a further four en-suite bedrooms. The ground floor will continue as a bar and restaurant after refurbishment. In addition, a new ‘pavilion’ style building, to be named ‘The Lodge’, is planned for within the grounds to provide a new facility for the town which could be utilised for conferences and functions. Provision is also being made on site for additional car parking. As well as The Feathers proposals, the applicants wish to build nine new two and three bedroom houses after demolishing the commercial buildings at 29 New Street and 31 New Street.

The whole scheme is expected to cost about £3million.

At a recent Pocklington Town Council planning meeting, the committee considered there to be an “overall lack of car parking provision regarding the whole development.”

They felt the proposed new houses lacked visitor car parking and both the function room and Oddfellows site lack parking spaces.

There was further concern for highways safety that effectively another entrance onto New Street would be created near to the junction of Burnby Lane, which is recognised as one of the busiest in the town.

The committee also agreed that the development of the old business centre site should have regard to the fact the building was once used by a chemical company and contaminated land may be an issue.

In response to the town council objecting to the plans, Mr Atkinson, from Broadvale Developments, has confirmed that the proposals have taken into account parking requirements and do include sufficient parking provision. He said: “Provision has been made for 21 new car parking spaces within The Feathers re-development alone. In addition, the new housing will have the benefit of its own parking provisions in accordance with East Riding of Yorkshire’s current requirements.