Residents keep up their fight

Northgate vale residents - Market Weighton
Northgate vale residents - Market Weighton

MARKET Weighton residents are continuing their fight against proposals to build 49 houses and a health centre in the town.

Objectors to the scheme say that the current proposal for developing land behind North Gate Vale and Holme Road does not meet planning conditions and will cause traffic and flooding problems in the area.

Residents Eric Wood and Matt Rice are spearheading a campaign to fight the plans and presented a 230-name petition opposing the development to East Riding of Yorkshire Council officials at Beverley last week.

They also organised a public meeting in the town which attracted 100 visitors.

Mr Rice said: “There are many genuine and considered concerns about the current planning application.

“Many people have written individual letters of objection.”

Market Weighton town councillors also voted eight to one against the proposal at their last meeting, with the town’s Mayor Peter Hemmerman saying: “It was virtually unanimous.

“There are concerns about drainage, access, all sorts of things.

“We accept that the health centre needs to be somewhere, but people are of the feeling in the town that it shouldn’t be where it is being proposed.”

Campaign leaders Mr Rice and Mr Wood have called on the developer, Philip Lovel of Lovel Developments to meet with them at another open meeting to address the objectors’ concerns.

Mr Wood says that Mr Lovel and local GP Dr Henderson, who is supporting the scheme, were invited to the public meeting last Tuesday but failed to turn up.

This is denied by Mr Lovel who said an invite was never received.

He told the Pocklington Post: “We are surprised and disappointed by the negative response from the Town Council because we do not believe it is representative of the views of the wider population of Market Weighton and the surrounding area.

“We are confident that we can address most of the concerns people may have about the development, as we have explained at the open day held at the surgery and at the Town Council meeting.

“We would have been happy to speak at the recent public meeting but we were not invited.

“We know the proposed development has a lot of public support because people appreciate the urgent need for a new health centre.

“We do not know why this has been overlooked by the Town Council but we are confident it will be taken into account by the planning authority at the appropriate time.”

The plans are now being considered by East Riding of Yorkshire’s planning department.

If given the green light, they would see 49 houses and a health centre built on land which was earmarked for development by Barratt back in 2008 before the plans collapsed because of the recession.

In 2010 East Riding Council granted provisional planning permission for a new surgery, along with 325 new homes and a roundabout, but these plans also stalled due to disagreements over conditions to build a new roundabout off the A1079.

The Lovel Developments plan would use an access route off Northgate Vale as the main entrance to the surgery.