EAST Riding of Yorkshire Council has applied to build 14 houses on land it owns - and in a twist of fate has had its own planning application recommended for refusal by a council officer.
Two separate applications for outline planning permission were submitted by the council: one for ten houses on St Martin’s amenity land in 1 St Martin’s Drive, Burton Agnes, and another for four houses on land in 2 St Martin’s Drive.
However in a report by Alan Menzies, director of planning and economic regeneration at the council, both applications have been recommended by refusal as they are not considered to be of benefit to the village.
Mr Menzies, in a report to the Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee, said the applications did not comply with the Joint Structure Plan for Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire - which aims to limit development in villages, because they proposed to build on greenfield land.
He said: “Given that Burton Agnes has no services or facilities beyond a primary school and public house, incoming residents would have to travel for employment purposes and to either Bridlington or Driffield for essential services and facilities.”
The applications are also deemed to contravene the National Planning Policy Framework - which aims to promote development to meet need, as the proposals are not considered necessary to meet demand.
However a conflict in policy arises from the report, as Mr Menzies states both application sites are for residential development in the East Yorkshire Borough Wide Plan, but in the draft East Riding Local Plan is not allocated for housing as it lies outside current development limits.
He said: “It is considered that as the draft plan is in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, it can be afforded more weight.”
However the applicant, in regard to both plans, said: “The site is allocated for residential development in the existing local plan. The erection of dwellings is, in principle, in accord with established policy.”
In regard to the application for four houses it was said: “The weight to be given to the conflicting plans is a matter for the decision maker.
“On the one hand there is a statutory development plan which allocates the site for residential development, on the other hand a draft plan which, at the time of writing has not been the subject of a consultation exercise.”
The proposals both refer to two-storey dwellings on land which was previously used for council housing, but is now allocated as greenfield land.
The applications are both set to be considered at a meeting of the Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee on Monday March 18.
For a full report of the meeting’s outcome see next week’s Driffield Times and Post, out on Thursday March 21.
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