New homes could be on the way

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Concerns have been raised over proposals to build hundreds of new homes in Pocklington.

Gladman Developments hopes to build on land to the east of The Balk. The development would comprise up to 410 houses, including up to 25 per cent earmarked for affordable housing.

There would also be allotments, a skate park and a children’s play area.

The applicant has requested an “environmental impact assessment screening opinion” from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, usually a precursor to a formal planning application.

A consultation is due to get under way with Pocklington residents and local organisations with an interest in the proposals.

Cllr David Sykes, mayor of Pocklington, said he has genuine concerns about the number of houses that could be built.

He said: “My personal view is that we’ve reached a point where we are inundated with applications for new builds in particular.

“I’m concerned we could become a commuter belt for York and I also have concerns about the infrastructure.

Cllr Sykes said that it was important to remember that this has not been agreed yet and that the proposal was still going through the usual process.

He added: “Regarding the future, I am concerned about it but I do appreciate that you cannot stop development and that people need somewhere to live.”

Stuart Carvel, a senior planner at Gladman Developments, said: “The proposals are not considered to be of a scale or character that would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.”

He added: “A full transport assessment will be provided when submitting the planning application.

“However, our initial examinations indicate that given the scale of the proposed development the impact of the proposed development in traffic, transport and highways terms is not significant.”

Access would be from The Balk Meanwhile, separate plans to build 325 new homes on Yapham Road in Pocklington are likely to go before East Riding Council’s planning committee at its next meeting.

• What do you think about the proposals? Do you agree with the mayor that Pocklington is at risk of becoming a commuter belt for York?