Development rejected after concerns raised

East Riding Ward Councillor Mike Stathers had raised concerns about the proposals.
East Riding Ward Councillor Mike Stathers had raised concerns about the proposals.

Councillors have rejected plans for a new housing scheme on land in Market Weighton close to the town’s surgery.

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited had hoped to get permission from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Western Area Planning sub-committee to build 17 new homes with garages on the site off Holme Road.

The scheme had received conditional support from planning officers, but after Ward Councillors Mike Stathers and David Rudd raised concerns the proposal was unanimously refused.

Cllr Stathers said: “The site itself is within the Market Weighton development area, land that is allocated for housing, and is currently overgrown and unmaintained.

“In principle, it is suitable for housing of the nature proposed by the applicant.

“However, the only access to the site both during the construction period and probably for some time thereafter would be via Northgate Vale, therefore pushing even more traffic from York Road through an already busy residential area.

“I urged members of the sub committee to refuse the application on the grounds that the increase in traffic would have a serious impact on the lives of residents living in Northgate Vale.”

Cllr Rudd, chairman of the sub committee, urged the developer to examine alternative access points, preferably off Holme Road, before re-submitting another application.

The application had also met with a strong objection from the Market Weighton Town Council.

Cllr Stathers said after the meeting: “The strength of the town council’s objection and the potential impact this would have had on the town’s residents were very good reasons to turn down the application at this stage.

“Hopefully, the developer can identify an alternative access and come back to the sub committee with a revised proposal.”