1,250 homes a ‘minimum’ figure

Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Paul West.
Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Paul West.

Major changes have been made to the emerging East Riding Local Plan, which could lead to more houses being built in Pocklington than 
originally expected.

The modifications to the Local Plan, which is currently in the process of being examined by an independent planning inspector, have been published for public consultation. The Local Plan seeks to identify how much new development will take place in the East Riding and where it will be located.

The Local Plan did propose 1,250 new homes for Pocklington between 2012 and 2029, which was believed to be a maximum figure.

However, it now proposes a minimum of 1,250 houses.

The Local Plan Proposed Modifications Strategy Document states: “Given that the overall housing requirement is a minimum, it follows that the housing requirement identified for different tiers of the Settlement Network is also a minimum.”

Pocklington mayor, councillor Paul West, said: “I would say the town council would feel a little disappointed now they have been told at this stage that it is a minimum. Nobody could recall it being a minimum number.”

In addition, the Infrastructure Delivery Plan that was included in the Strategy Document has been updated and replaced by a new separate document. The new document does not include plans to increase the schools capacity in Pocklington, whereas the previous document said: “Projected secondary school catchment capacity shortfalls need to be resolved in ... Pocklington area.”

Grahame Hicks, a member of the Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, which is planning to submit a response to the modifications to the Local Plan, said: “The response is not finished yet. But we are opposed to an increase in development with a reduction in infrastructure improvements, which is what the modifications mean.”

Other changes to the Local Plan in the Proposed Modifications Strategy Document include proposals to build 295 new houses in Stamford Bridge, instead of 170, as was originally planned. The document proposes 225 new houses for Holme-on-Spalding Moor, which is 55 more homes than what was originally planned. The housing requirement for South Cave has almost doubled. It is now 160 new houses, instead of 85.

Another modification within the Local Plan is that East Riding Council “will also update the 2008 transport study for the A166 at Stamford Bridge, which will be used to inform future funding bids for improvements that make provision for two-way traffic.”

The Local Plan was submitted for examination in April 2014. The planning inspector subsequently held a series of public hearing sessions in October and November 2014.

East Riding Council is now proposing various modifications to the plan, following discussions at the public hearing sessions. The inspector will reflect on the changes put forward by the council and on the responses to this consultation when considering his report into the soundness of the plan.

The consultation will close at 5pm on 11 May.

The proposed amendments are set out in the East Riding Local Plan Strategy Document and Allocations Document Schedules of Modifications (March 2015), which is accompanied by a sustainability appraisal note.

Comments are also sought on various new documents that have been added to the examination library.

To view these documents and the representation form, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanexam.

They can also be viewed at the libraries in Pocklington and Market Weighton.

Representation forms can also be requested via email: forward.planning@eastriding.gov.uk, or by calling 01482 391751.

All responses will be passed to the inspector for his consideration and must be returned to the local plan programme officer, using the following details:

l By completing the representation form and emailing it to: malcolm.wells@eastriding.gov.uk

l By completing the representation form and posting it to: Malcolm Wells, Room GG9, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA.