East Riding Council Draft Local Plan proposes expansion of the Port of Hull at Hedon Haven
|December 5, 2012||Filled under Consultation, Debate, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Green Port Hull, Hedon, Paull, Public Notice|
EAST RIDING COUNCIL has published its draft East Riding Local Plan in two reports that are to be considered by the authority’s Cabinet on Tuesday, 11th December 2012.
The role of the East Riding Local Plan is to identify the location and amount of development that will take place in the East Riding between 2013-2029, including new homes, shops and businesses. It also identifies locations where development should not take place, for example because of the risk from flooding, and identifies sites that are protected in order to remain as open spaces, such as allotments and playing fields.
In particular the draft Local Plan includes a proposal to support the expansion of the Port of Hull at Hedon Haven, to enable the growth of the off-shore renewable energy industry and support Green Port Hull.
As reported previously on HU12 Online Hedon Town Council has already expressed concerns regarding plans to site renewables supply industries on land near to the ancient town.
Other elements of the draft East Riding Local Plan proposes to:
- Build 1,400 new houses each year (of which 244 should be for affordable housing) to meet the anticipated need for new homes in the East Riding. At least 25% of new housing should be built on previously developed ‘brownfield’ land.
- Build most of the new housing in the larger towns that have existing services and facilities such as schools, shops and employment opportunities.
- Allow for small scale development in the villages to meet local needs and help support local services, such as village shops and pubs.
- Support future economic growth, particularly by making large sites available for employment development along the M62 corridor, where demand is greatest and where businesses have access to the motorway, ports and rail links.
- Ensure that, where necessary, the existing infrastructure is improved or new infrastructure is provided in order to support future development. In many instances, new infrastructure such as a primary school, road improvements and drainage schemes will be required before a development can start.
The plan also contains a number of planning policies relating to specific issues, such as preventing the loss of valuable services and facilities and minimising the risk of flooding.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The preparation of a Local Plan for the East Riding is a statutory requirement and is vitally important in ensuring that locally distinct and relevant planning policies are prepared so that they can be used to determine future planning applications.
“The Local Plan has already been subject to numerous public consultation exercises and the 13,000 comments that we have received so far have been considered in reaching this draft stage. If the plan is agreed by cabinet next week, it will be published for consultation and I urge all residents to get involved and have their say.”
Subject to the Local Plan being agreed at the Cabinet, it will be published for public consultation in January 2013. The consultation will last for at least eight weeks and details on where to view the Local Plan and how to comment will be made available before the start of the consultation.
The council will consider all the comments that are received in response to the consultation before a final version of the plan is published in October 2013. The plan will then be examined by a Government-appointed planning inspector. The plan is likely to be completed in late 2014.