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.