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Decision on controversial housing plans delayed

Councillors have agreed to defer a decision on an application to remove a condition which prevents through traffic using Long Lane for the development of a further 200 new homes until they have made a site visit.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee also agreed to defer their decision in order to consider it alongside the application for phase two of the development.

Planning permission was granted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2018 for the development of 165 houses and associated infrastructure and landscaping on land north of Long Lane in Driffield, which is the first phase in a proposed wider development.

The approval came with a number of conditions, including condition 18, which states that highway features, namely bollards and temporary kerbs, be installed to prevent vehicular access via Long Lane and the crossing of the public bridleway, during further development of the south of the site.

The developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes has applied to remove this condition so that work can begin on a second stage of the site because a roundabout on the A614, which was originally planned as access to the site, has yet to materialise.

Condition 18 must be retained in order to protect the very thing it was put there to protect, so the bridleway must never be crossed by a roadway, either in the short term or the long term


In a transport statement produced on their behalf by Development Planning Limited, it states that further development of the site for another 200 dwellings would have no material increase in queuing or delays at either the junction of Long Lane/Scarborough Road or the A614/Scarborough Road roundabout.

However, the application has faced fierce opposition from local residents and councillors.

Speaking at the planning meeting last Thursday, local resident Ian Toon (pictured below right) said: “A key purpose of condition 18 is to protect Long Lane from an unimaginable flow of traffic across the bridleway on its route to and from this new housing development and any other yet to come.

“Condition 18 must be retained in order to protect the very thing it was put there to protect, so the bridleway must never be crossed by a roadway, either in the short term or the long term.

“The condition recognises a crossing over the bridleway would inevitably involve a dangerous mix of vehicles, construction traffic, heavy machinery, pedestrians, children, cyclists, horses and dog walkers.

“It demonstrates a commitment by the local authority to meet its responsibilities in ensuring appropriate measures are taken to prevent such risks and this commitment cannot be reversed or ignored for the sake of some short sighted or financial expedient or pressure.”

He went on to highlight the positive benefits, particularly to mental health, of having access to a green corridor and said radical and far-sighted traffic plans need to be considered to address problems associated not just with this development, but with all the current housing developments in Driffield and urged the building of the roundabout to be made a priority.

Phase one of the development saw 165 homes built.

East Riding ward councillor for Driffield & Rural, Michael Lee, strongly urged the committee to refuse the application on a number of planning grounds and added that revoking the condition would have a devastating impact on residents of Long Lane and adjoining roads.

He said that many local residents and Driffield Town Council view this as a cynical attempt by the developers to dishonour their original agreement.

He also highlighted the significant historical relevance of the bridleway which he said is the oldest known road in Driffield coming in from the Roman road in Kilham.

He said “Local residents know that removing the condition will cause acute traffic congestion and disruption on Long Lane, safety issues at the junction with Scarborough Road and will destroy an historic right of way used by many local people.”

Speaking on behalf of the applicant, agent Mr Natcus said the removal of the condition would be a short term solution until the roundabout was built to prevent a delay in the implementation of the next phase of the development.

The site of the development off Long Lane.

Despite a recommendation from planning officers to defer the application until a legal agreement has been signed and then approve it subject to various conditions, councillors shared the concerns of local residents, ward councillors and objections from the council’s Countryside Access Team, which said that removing the condition would have a significant adverse effect on the public right of way and would go against the National Planning Policy Framework.

They unanimously agreed to defer their decision for a site visit and to consider it in conjunction with the phase two application.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Lee added: “I was moderately pleased with the outcome, however I would have preferred an outright rejection, although it seemed to me that there wasn’t a speaker on the committee who was in favour of this, so hopefully we are in a good place.”

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