An application to demolish a Beverley pub and build a veterinary surgery and retail unit on the site looks set to be turned down, amid concerns about road safety.
The application for the site of the Lady Le Gros pub in Norwood will be considered by East Riding Council’s eastern area planning subcommittee on Monday (October 15), when councillors will be recommended to refuse planning consent.
The pub, which is currently vacant, is on a site alongside the Hull to Scarborough railway line and highways officials says there are ‘serious concerns’ about the likely impact on traffic movements in the area.
In a report to the committee, they say: “In this case it is not considered that there would be any means by which the potential increases in vehicle movement patterns would be considered acceptable, as in this particular location and circumstances associated with the site, even a marginal increase in movements or use of the access could have severe impact in the highway network.”
Highways chiefs say any vehicles coming across the level crossing and turning right would obstruct the carriageway and lead to potential queuing over the rail crossing.
In addition, they say the visibility for drivers of emerging vehicles at the existing access is restricted on the traffic approach side by adjoining boundary features to such an extent that any additional vehicles entering and leaving the site are likely to create potential hazards to other road users.”
Beverley Town Council has also objected to the application because of the concerns raised in the highways report about the proposed access and promixity to the railway line.
Twelve letters of objection from nearby residents have also been submitted, claiming the proposal is too big for the site and that increasing the traffic flow for the site will increase the risk of accidents.
The applicants, Tealby Estates (2005) Ltd, say the scheme has been amended since it was first submitted, to remove a hot food takeaway.
They say that an assessment by Local Transport Projects on road safety issues concluded that, subject to improvements to the access, road markings, footways and boundary treatments, the proposals could go ahead without adversely affecting the operation of the highway network.
The applicants claim the proposed highway access improvements are expected to provide a range of road safety benefits for all road users once complete.
In a report to the committee, planning officers say the application should be turned down because the proposed use would have an adverse impact on the town centre, would increase the potential hazards to other road users and interrupt the safe and free flow of traffic on the A1174.