‘Campaign of Letters’ to object to Preston housing proposals
|March 2, 2013||Filled under Campaigns, Consultation, Debate, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Preston|
RESIDENTS in Preston are conducting a ‘Campaign of Letters’ to object to aspects of the Draft Local Plan which imply that land to the North of the village could be used to build up to 77 new houses.
A letter has been drafted and circulated widely which lists the main concerns of residents about any proposed developments on the sites listed in the Draft Plan:
1. Traffic problems. Development in Preston North would exacerbate an already chaotic traffic situation and create further damage to the local environment.
2. Flooding. The areas in question, PRES5, PRES11 and PRES7, currently form a natural drainage system for the village and development of the areas can only result in further and more severe flooding.
3. Drainage & Sewage. Local people already experience significant problems from a currently overloaded system which is unable to cope with additional residential development.
4. Anthrax. In the 1950′s anthrax infected cattle were buried on land known as PRES7. Due to leaching effects and public health concerns this land should remain undisturbed and therefore undeveloped.
5. Archaeology. PRES7 is the site of The Medieval Village of Preston and is registered on the National Monuments Register no. 9661.
6. Ground Level. The sites are considerably higher than the south side of Manor Road and are undulating in nature. Each field drains from one to it’s lower neighbour and acts as a ‘natural soak-away’ with water eventually flowing to Hedon.
7. Preston North and South wards. A distance of over two miles separates Preston North and Preston South and Preston South only has the facilities that classifies it as a ‘Primary Village’. Preston North due to it’s lack of services and facilities should be re-designated as a ‘Village’ for the purposes of the new Local Plan.
Campaigner and Preston Parish Councillor Keith Gilby says he hopes that hundreds of letters of objection containing the above points can be collected and handed in to the Forward Planning Team at the East Riding Council.
Mr Gilby said: “We are building a momentum behind this campaign against the allocation of 77 dwellings along Sproatley Road, Ness Lane and Manor Road. This will be supported by a hefty evidence document which will be published once we have submitted the comments letters to the East Riding Council.”
Mr Gilby asks that the letters of objection be handed in to him and his colleagues at numbers 20 Manor Road or 28 Manor Road, Preston by Friday 8th March 2013.
The Preston, the village Facebook Group has become a convenient platform for residents to discuss the issues and get organised. Copies of the letters of objection can be downloaded from the Facebook Group and further information is available.