A SCHEME to tackle traffic congestion in Hull by building a 650 space Park & Ride facility at Hedon (in Preston South) may be back on if reports in the Hull Daily Mail are correct. The scheme would be funded via a new Humber regional transport board.
The scheme first proposed by Hull City Council in 2009 sought to construct a facility at the former Hedon airfield site that would include:
- A 650 space secure car park
- 25 cycle parking stands
- 6 motor cycle stands
- A terminus building
- High quality and bus services every 10 minutes to and from Hull
- Security on site and 24/7 CCTV coverage
- A new roundabout being built at the entrance to the site on Hull Road.
Hull City Council carried out a consultation exercise at the time which included an exhibition at the Hedon Town Hall in July 2009 where 90 people attended and 78 survey forms were completed. The findings from the consultation showed that an overwhelming majority agreed with the principle of a Park and Ride facility (90%) and its proposed location (82%).
However, a planning application on the scheme submitted to the East Riding Council in April 2010 was withdrawn after planning officers there recommended its refusal in a report.
The report presented to the East Riding Planning Committee at the time, cited the loss of greenfield open space between Hedon and Saltend as a key issue, which it said would contravene a previous decision to maintain an open area between these places. The same report also warned that building on the proposed site might jeopardise the nature and character of an important space, setting a precedent for the future which might eventually erode the space between Hedon and Saltend leading to their coalescence.
In the Hull Daily Mail article yesterday, Mike Ibbotson, a transport policy manager at the Hull Council, is quoted as saying the East Riding Council is now more “amenable” to the idea than it was before.
“There has been some resistance to it in the past but East Riding Council is now being much more co-operative over the idea. It has a large area of land allocated for industrial use to the south of this site towards Paull. As such, we think it’s a good time to negotiate because East Riding Council is being more amenable than it was before.
We have put a funding bid for the park and ride into the new transport board. It is our number one priority for the pot of money being devolved from the Government once the board is up and running. I do not think East Riding Council is standing in the way of that so long as it gets funding for some of its own transport schemes.”
This seems to indicate that the availability of the new transport funding, and the fact that local authorities will have to cooperate more on its expenditure, is likely to result in more compromises between Hull City and East Riding Council being reached. However, whether the planning process will be affected by this in any way, remains to be seen.
The old aerodrome site is situated between Saltend and Hedon between the main road and the former railway line, to the west of the Kingstown Hotel. It is owned by Hull City Council despite being in the East Riding and developments there requiring East Riding Council planning approval.
Hull Council purchased the land as a municipal airport in 1929. The airport was closed down at the beginning of World War II and made unusable to prevent enemy planes landing there. It never re-opened.