Very few glad people

Denis Cox
Denis Cox

OBJECTORS have signed a 50 name petition as opposition continues to grow against plans to build up to 315 new homes on land off Bridlington Road, Driffield.

The move has been made in response to a public consultation exercise by a company called Gladman, which has sent leaflets to 800 homes and businesses asking locals what they want to see as part of the development.

So far, opposition has been centred around residents who live in The Ridings, Bridlington Road and The Avenue as they are close to the site and would be most affected.

But Denis Cox, of The Ridings, Meadowcroft and Beechcroft Neighbourhood Watch Group, said they were now considering starting an action group to include the views of the wider community.

Gladman, which is one of the UK’s largest speculative developers, is planning a public exhibition at the West Hall, Driffield School and 6th Form Centre, Manorfield Road, Driffield, on Friday September 14 from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Meanwhile, Mr Cox has written to the chief planning officer at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council on behalf of the neighbourhood watch group to protest about Gladman’s leaflet drop and to “re-inforce the community view that it has been a purely commercial approach which will, if it proceeds, prejudice the rightful development of the many acknowledged brownfield locations closer to the town centre.”

Mr Cox told ERYC: “Despite its glossy presentation, the Gladman brochure is clearly a fishing exercise in that the field has not been sold and inevitably a great deal of fear and anxiety has been caused to hardworking families already suffering under the most difficult financial circumstances due to current economic pressures.

“We all believe very strongly that this is the wrong way to develop Driffield as it will lead to unnecessary spread and sprawl before areas closer to the town centre are properly and effectively developed.

“In short there is no need to use greenfield sites at all.”

The Gladman proposals were briefly raised by Driffield Town Council last week when members were told that no planning application has as yet been submitted.

Neil and Alexandra Huntley, told the town council in a letter that they has written to Gladman telling the company that they would “Vociferously challenge any proposals in order to protect our investment. Your proposals will reduce our property value considerably as we paid a premium for the house for the unobstructed Wolds view to the rear.”

Anyone who wishes to discuss the action group can contact Mr Cox on 01377 252748 or email him at denis@4meadowcroft.karoo.co.uk