“Under threat from the West” as 420 homes earmarked for Hedon aerodrome land

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Development Site for 420 new homes?

REACTION HAS BEEN SWIFT from local councillors to suggestions that Hull City Council has earmarked land to the immediate west of Hedon (the former Aerodrome) to build 420 new homes.

The Hull Daily Mail (18th December 2012) published a news report claiming that Hull City Council plans to build up to 1,500 homes on land it owns in the East Riding – this includes sites in Cottingham and Hedon. The Hedon former Aerodrome site has previously been proposed for a park & ride scheme by Hull City Council – although on that occasion the plans were dropped.

The current housing proposals – according to the Mail – have been driven by Hull City councillors who see the opportunities for job-creation that the construction of new houses could generate, but also the revenues that could be generated for the Hull Council through a profit-sharing deal with the chosen developer.

Local East Riding Councillors have already reacted strongly to the news:

Councillor John Dennis said: “South West Holderness is under threat… by our ambitious neighbour Kingston Upon Hull”

“Hull City Council’s desire to build on the airport land between Hedon and the city boundary is nothing new. They’ve owned the airport for perhaps a hundred years and like all cities, they have always had ambitions of expanding their boundaries wherever they can.

As part of the major long term housing land strategy assessment being carried out by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, a ‘Draft Local Plan Process’, has been under way for the past 4 or 5 years. Not unexpectedly Hull sees an opportunity here and have submitted four separate sites on the old Airport for consideration as development land to be included in the process.”

Councillor Mike Bryan  also on the East Riding Council expressed concerns about increased risks of flooding should such a large housing development take place:

“This is a flood plane area. The water course from this area goes to the Hedon Haven and we get regular flood warnings from the Environment Agency. Where do they think the water will go? We have only one main artery of our drainage system and that is the Hedon Haven outfall, and this cannot take anymore water.” – Councillor Mike Bryan

The Councillors have also declared their early intentions to campaign against the proposals:

“Again, just like the incinerator, we may have to prepare to stand up and be counted” said Councillor Dennis.

Councillor Mike Bryan declared: “If this should become a definite proposal I intend to fight this, and may need residents support.”

Hedon Town Councillor Jim Lindop said in his personal capacity: “It’s sad news. Looks like another fight.”

Councillor Dennis has sent us a longer letter about this issue which we publish in the comments below. The Hedon Blog is keen to hear the views of local residents on this latest news.

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  1. Was wondering having look at mr Dennis’ s map. Hed 17 is the site of a scheduled monument twyers hill! Also known as twyers castle. This is a large rectangular earthwork surrounded by a moat. It is clearly shown as a shaded area on the map near the south east corner of that section on the map. As far asi am aware it has never been excavated and little is understood about it. The rest of hed17 is medievel farmland. My point is, as this is protected by law, surely it can not be built upon, can it?

  2. I would like to Know what type of housing are we talking about , private or social housing , we are desperate for new social housing(council housing) and although I’m not keen on the idea of building on racecourse , I’m also not stupid enough to realise we have to build somewhere, but there are better sites that would make lovely areas for homes , along the old haven maybe , rather than huge social housing estates that dont work as has been proven from past developments small pockets of land should be used.

    • This blog item started back in December, Neil, and things have moved on a long way since then. Did you not go and see the East Riding’s public exhibition on the Local Plan Framework in Hedon last week?
      This new framework will set out housing targets in the East Riding, whether private or social, until 2029. It is at the final consultancy stage now having started in 2007.
      Hull City Council put forward a site at the eastern end of the airport for inclusion in the Plan for over 400 houses. It is shown on the detailed plan I put on here on Dec 9th (scroll down a bit) as HED17 and that site, like all the other 16 Hedon sites submitted for inclusion in the Local Plan, has been recommended by ERYC Planners for rejection.
      So, as it looks today, Hedon won’t grow significantly over the next 17 years, unless of course the Plan gets amended after the consultation period.
      We can’t allow unrestricted residential growth, not until the flooding dangers are removed for good. The reason ERYC have rejected these sites is down to the pressures brought to bear on the Planners over the past 5 years at numerous meetings, by Hedon Council at the Town Hall, and your Ward Members at County Hall.
      Hull City Council don’t give up that easily though! Check the articles on the front of HDM on Friday and Saturday, for details. That’s the issue to worry about next
      And then there’s ABP.
      Watch this Space!
      By the way the land by the Haven is mostly a Conservation Area. And, in this financial climate, any significant social housing projects are very unlikely, whether in Hedon, or anywhere else, I’d guess

      John Dennis
      Cllr. ERYC
      Ward Member SWHolderness

      • Thanks for the update John, I hope you didnt get the impression im for building on racecourse ect, Im not i was just really pointing out the desperate need for more social housing in the area, The new Bedroom tax makes this even more evident, Im wondering what the council will do with single people on benefits living in council properties in Hedon, It impossible for them to downsize to single occupancy units as there isnt any. The land used for the new Private OAP development at the back of westlands would have been mush better used doing this. Slightly off topic i know but it does link in to the proposed plans , its alright saying we want no building but the population growth means we have to build, Also after the war didnt we build ourselves out of recession, this is exactly the right time to build social housing, get the builders back to work and everyone goes back to work.

  3. It will be interesting to hear where the new major food factory development announced in the last few days by Hull City Council is likely to be located?

    Hull City Council’s Leader Steve Brady has referred to a new “renewables and food company” that might create up to 700 jobs and be located “to the east of the city”.

  4. Face fact Hedon has got back to the old way before the bypass was built where it simply cannot handle the traffic trying to get out at westlands road is a pure nightmare and I cannot understand at times where all the traffic comes from as sometimes you get streams of 30+ cars with no gaps. Hedon Centre cannot cope with the traffic also and the carparks are a joke as people get away with parking there all day I have seen people drive in one end of Hedon and straight out the other side instead of using the by pass why? I cannot understand their thinking.

    Hedon used to be a nice town where most people knew each other its now getting so vast leaf sail farm is a town in itself and once again more houses are being constructed on Farrands Road meaning more traffic and strain on Hedons resources, trying to get an appointment at the local doctors is near impossible now also.

    If this goes ahead the next thing will be Hull City Council submitting plans to bring Hedon under their control like they are trying to do with Willerby, Anlaby and Cottingham then we will be a dumping ground for immigrants like Hull is.

  5. Today is the first I have heard of these plans and I feel outraged.

    I am 30 years of age and bought our house, to help our future. I have never had flood problems on my street and I have always enjoyed the country side of whats left in hedon.

    If this happens, the value of my house will drop, and my home insurance will rapidly go up in price, as it will be put at high risk for flooding. Why should I suffer, because of hull councils ridiculous way of thinking. Hull council are in it for the money and are not thinking of the hedon residents.

    England is already in a big debt, this plan will just help the government dip more into recession. Basically more tax payers money, to pay for something what no one wants. This will cause more problems towards flooding, which means more costs for the tax payer.

    Please stop building on whats left of the country side, and leave hedon as it is!!

  6. Was very pleased to see support coming from Stephen Parnaby, leader of ERYC in today’s Hull Daily Mail.
    He is less than impressed that, after years of work and open consultation on the Local Plan, Hull have come up with these sites completely out of the blue.
    So much for strategic planning and co-operation between neighbouring authorities!

  7. The simple fact is that this whole area is a flood plain and NO development should even be considered in the area east of Hessle, even with flood defences which are merely a stopgap. Sea levels will continue to rise and weather patterns will continue to change.

  8. In reply to the above plans / comments
    So Kingston upon Hull City Council has a plan! I have never heard that said before, but we have never had the type of opportunity as we do now. Look at the plan for the so called “Energy City” a very well worked and optimistic plan for Hull and the surrounding areas. I subscribe to what they are doing. If anybody would like to see that presentation then I would be more than happy to send to the Blog (Ray) for it to be displayed on here. But back to the subject in hand and the plans for the city directly affect us here in the East Riding. If the plan works then the proposals being discussed here will come to the for….. So here’s my view.
    Firstly, the same arguments are trotted out time after time when development is planned on Greenfield land. Can somebody tell me where this mythical brownfield land suitable for housing is? Most of it has had planning already passed or still in the process of planning for dwellings (old princess royal site, chamberlain road, the old fish dock area to name but a few) the other is in areas which are predominantly industrial. Would you move onto a housing estate in the middle of Sutton Fields for example of on Brighton Street? No you wouldn’t so why do we suppose country dwellers expect affordable housing projects to be built on brownfield sites?
    The opposition to such a scheme sounds a little unfair to me, given that I along 70-80% of Hedon residents live in houses built over the last 40-50 years. It would be very precious of us to not afford others the same benefits of living in this area that we have.
    This land north and south of Hull road is Greenfield land in the broadest sense. It isn’t the gentle rolling countryside to the east of Hedon. It is a strip of wasteland/grazing land at most, banked to the west by industry and to the east by Hedon. Nothing really happens in this land. The land is owned by HCC or ABP. The best we can hope for is what is on the table now. Mark my words I would much rather have this development then another incinerator or power station on the doorstep of Hedon. The nearby village of Paull has got the raw deal if you like being so close to the proposed extension of docklands but if you read the comments on the Paull Village Hall Facebook page the majority of comments are sensible and measured and talk nothing of action groups and demonstrations. It is time people realized that if, and it’s a big if, Siemens sign up and bring the supply chain with them and then another manufacturer decides that the Humber is the place to be nobody will stop this happening. It is now the time that the whole area started realizing what’s on the doorstep. We simply cannot rob future generations of the right to work and be prosperous. That’s what it boils down too.
    I don’t for one minute believe that these developments are on the immediate horizon. I do believe that given the speed at which the renewable industry is projected to grow, we could see things happening within the next 10 years maybe sooner in regard the dock area nearer to Paull.
    Both East Riding Council and Hull City Council are reacting to what may happen. I for one hope it does and many will take the objective view that for the good of the area we will embrace change. A few should take a look at the way the residents of Victoria dock have reacted to the Greenport Hull proposals. Given the closeness of the development they have been very measured in response. I am sure many can see what good this can bring to the area for generations to come.
    I intend to continue to contact the local LEP as things progress and will be actively seeking the views of the public in the area. Once again I urge everybody to have their say though sites like the Hedon Blog and HU12online. The people need to take the lead on this

  9. Ray – I see you’ve now added a plan to the Blog item above, and this is helpful, but it doesn’t show just how much Hull City Council (HullCC) are trying to get included in the Grand Plan.

    I’ve sent a plan for you which shows all of the 4 areas they have submitted for consideration.

    A) The land shown as HED17 is the very large site that wraps itself around the North Western side of Hedon, reaching from west of the Kingstown Hotel, almost all the way across to Chestnut Avenue. I presume that they (HullCC) have residential development in mind for this site, and that access would be from Hull Road.

    B) SEND2 is the site you have outlined. It sits on the north side of Hull Road between the hotel and Glencoe Vilas. Don’t know what they might have in mind for that – park and ride maybe?

    C) SEND3 will really raise a few eyebrows. It’s all the Saltend sports fields and the Eastside Gym. This is really in Saltend and commercial/industrial development seems likely

    D) SEND4 is on the right hand side of Staithes Road, north of the old ‘Withernsea railway’ before the ERYC waste recycling plant. Another commercial/industrial site I guess.

    Hope this is helpful. Of course none of this is likely to happen in a hurry, but they have put down a marker on what they would like to achieve, even though it’s likely to be decades before it all comes to pass – if ever!

    The land of the other side of Hull Road however, the ABP land (HAV2) shown as ‘dotted’ on the map, now that one should be of more immediate concern!

    John Dennis
    Map - Cllr John Dennis

  10. There’ll be no green areas left in Hedon soon – we’ll merely become a dormitory town for Hull. More and more houses puts huge pressure on our amenities (doctors etc) and infrastructure (drainage and so on). I’ll be firmly behind our councillors; we need to preserve our rural market town before the urban planners ruin it for good.

  11. Letter from Councillor John Dennis sent yesterday:

    Cllr John Dennis“I promised to keep Blog readers up to speed on this issue, and felt I had to comment on the article in the Hull Daily Mail today. There’s an item in there that tells it as it is. South West Holderness is once more under threat, and as I suggested in my previous comment on 13th December, this time it’s not the threat from ABP (although that one is still ongoing), nor is it from the Boundaries Commission (which has now been ‘put-down’) but by our ambitious neighbour Kingston upon Hull – again

    Four sites owned by the city council but situated in the East Riding are being proposed for around 1400 new homes over the next 20 years or so. The sites are at various locations around the city but the area that should worry us is the Airport Field to the west of Hedon, where 420 homes are planned, among other types of development.

    We don’t at this stage need to panic as none of the airport sites have been allocated for future housing development in East Riding Council’s draft local plan, but that’s not necessarily how it will finish up..

    Hull City Council’s desire to build on the airport land between Hedon and the city boundary is nothing new. They’ve owned the airport for perhaps a hundred years and like all cities, they have always had ambitions of expanding their boundaries wherever they can.

    As part of the major long term housing land strategy assessment being carried out by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, a ‘Draft Local Plan Process’, has been under way for the past 4 or 5 years. Not unexpectedly Hull sees an opportunity here and have submitted four separate sites on the old Airport for consideration as development land to be included in the process.

    The whole issue is due to go forward to the next stage, the consultation procedure, in the new year, but it is the case that ERYC officers have not accepted any of the 17 Hedon sites within Hedon submitted as suitable for inclusion in the site allocations, based on current evidence regarding flood risk in the town.

    it doesn’t mean of course that Hull will just lie down and accept that. I have said on numerous occasions that we should keep a close eye on the situation, not only within Hedon, but outside the town too. We should be prepared to stand up against any proposals which would erode the buffer between the edge of Hull and the surrounding communities.

    Remember also that Associated British Ports have put forward the land on the opposite side of Hull Road, all the way from the Hedon Bypass to the Saltend Roundabout, as an industrial zone too !

    Again, just like the incinerator, we may have to prepare to stand up and be counted. It won’t be the first time, nor the last I suspect.”

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