A developer looking to build 430 homes in Beverley is asking East Riding Council if an environmental impact assessment is required.
Peter Ward Homes is seeking an opinion from the council’s planning department, ahead of submitting a planning application for land east of Carlton Rise, on the south-west side of the town.
East Riding ward Councillor Kerri Harold said the number of homes proposed by Peter Ward Homes is the size of a small village.
She welcomed the developer requesting “a screening opinion” from council planners, to get a clear view on the need for an environmental impact assessment before a planning application is submitted.
Cllr Harold said: “Just over 400 homes is the size of a small village.
“What we have to make sure is we get the best design and best development we can.”
She said access, infrastructure and design will be key issues when the planning application is submitted.
Beverley Civic Society wants to see a high quality design for new homes built in the town.
Civic society member Professor Barbara English said: “If we are going have these very large numbers of houses in one area they must have a more interesting design and not look like the houses the same developers are building anywhere else.
“Instead of just applying for permission for hundreds of houses, we would like them to show us beforehand what they will look like and how they will deal with the open spaces and the links between the housing.
“The civic society always asks why there are not more affordable homes on developments and the answer is the builders say they can’t build them.
“Affordable housing is needed, as is housing for people in the last quarter of their life who don’t necessarily want to have the same design as everyone else.”
East Riding ward Councillor David Elvidge said: “It’s important our residents aware aware of this piecemeal development that’s going on in the south of Beverley.
“We are fully aware of the implications to infrastructure and we have in hand the number of placements needed for schools, doctors and dentists, that’s part of what we look at when these applications come in.
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“The infrastructure does come but it will come behind.
“We have a process, as all planning authorities do, when applications come in to make sure we cover all the bases and make sure the impact is minimised.
“There will be an impact but that will be offset against the fact we do need houses.”
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