Pocklington housing plan is thrown out

The proposed site to the north west of Barmby Road, Pocklington.
The proposed site to the north west of Barmby Road, Pocklington.

Controversial plans for a new housing development in Pocklington have been refused by planning managers at East Riding Council.

The planning application was for outline planning permission to build the new houses on land to the north west of Barmby Road, near to Pocklington Airfield. The proposed site (POC-1) is not one of the sites that East Riding Council has allocated for housing in the East Riding Local Plan.

East Riding Council dealt with the application internally rather than sending it to the planning committee. A spokesperson for the council said: “No letters of support were received for the proposals.”

The authority’s director of planning and regeneration, Alan Menzies, said: “The proposal for residential development lies within the open countryside outside of the development limits of Pocklington as defined in the adopted East Riding Local Plan strategy document and it’s not identified as a housing allocation in the emerging Submission East Riding Local Plan allocations document.

“The site lies immediately to the north of an airfield operated by Wolds Gliding Club. The club is an important recreational, social and economic asset to the town of Pocklington and the wider area.

“The residential development of the site would affect the continued safe and effective operations of the club in terms of safe flying operations and potential impact on the safety and amenity of future occupiers.”

Wolds Gliding Club chairman Graham Wadforth has welcomed the news. He said “The club is very grateful for the support it has received from Pocklington Town Council, Barmby Moor Parish Council, the British Gliding Association, Sport England and the many local residents who objected to the planning application. It has taken 45 years to develop the club to where it is today and this application presented a great threat to its future.”

A transport assessment accompanying the application assumed there would be 250 houses on the site, but the planning statement also submitted with the application says 250 homes “is likely to be considerably more than the site can satisfactorily accommodate.”

The applicant, David Fielder, told the Pocklington Post: “It’s early days, we only got the decision from the East Riding last week and I am currently considering my options.”