New build is only way to get flood scheme

Land of proposed building site
Land of proposed building site

Residents have raised concerns regarding a new development of up to 200 houses which must go ahead if Pocklington is to receive a new flood alleviation scheme.

The new flood alleviation scheme which will protect Pocklington Town Centre will be mainly funded by the developers of a new proposed development on land off The Mile.

The cost of the scheme is estimated at around £3million and will only go ahead if the new development does.

Due to the large cost of the scheme, the developers Persimmon Homes Yorkshire will be including a reduced percentage of affordable housing.

Some residents outside the consultation, which covered both the housing development and the flood scheme, 
raised concerns.

One resident said: “I haven’t been convinced by any of it. Pocklington is described as a small town and there is too much development going on at the moment. We haven’t got the infrastructure to cope with it, it’s killing the town.”

Another raised concerns regarding the affordable housing on the site which will be 

Richard Bryon, chairman of West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party, said: “We in the local branch of the Labour Party welcome the Flood 
Relief Scheme proposed for Pocklington which was presented at the recent consultation event.

“However, we object most strongly to how it is being financed.

“A significant proportion is being funded by Persimmon Homes in exchange for their being allowed not to build affordable homes on the Mile End site.This scheme should be funded properly by the Statutory Authorities and not at the expense of people who need homes that they can afford.

“We urge East Riding Council to think again about the provision of affordable housing on the 
Mile End site.”

The proposed stucture would effectively store 
potential flood water from Pocklington Beck upstream of the town, well before it reaches the town centre.

A spokesman for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Thank you to the residents of Pocklington and surrounding areas who attended the public exhibition at Burnby Hall on 14 September.

“The event was well supported with over 120 visitors signing in to the event.

“Many people took feedback forms away with them after the event and we welcome the return of the completed feedback forms to the address on the form or the e mail address”

To comment on the proposed development email or post them to Persimmon House, Fulford, York YO19 4FE.