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Even more houses on the way?

Work has begun to clear a site of land in central Driffield which has remained undeveloped for years, sparking speculation about a possible new development.


East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which owns the stretch of land located behind Lockwood Street, St John’s Road, Beverley Road and Middle Street South, said the clearance work is being undertaken ahead of making plans for its future use.


In the latest version of the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Plan, the area, which falls within the Driffield South Conservation Area, is allocated for housing development for up to 29 houses.


Contractors moved onto the site on 14th January and began clearing the site removing shrubs, bushes, briars and small trees.


This sparked the curiosity of residents living on Lockwood Street, who were told by the contractor that he had been asked to clear the whole site by the council.


One resident told the Wolds Weekly: “The contractor began clearing the site a week last Friday and he told me that he has been asked to clear the whole site by the council.

The council is clearing the land to undertake site surveys and investigations prior to making a decision on the next steps with this surplus site

EAST riding of yorkshire council spokesman


“As far as I am aware, nobody here knows why the site is being cleared or if there are any plans for this area of land.


“Some of the trees on the site are quite mature and there appears to be some old concrete structures on the site which may have been used as farm buildings or stables and there is what looks like an old trough.


“I believe the access onto this land is via Lockwood Street and we are curious to know if there are any plans for it.”


The site has been subject to a number of planning proposals over the years with the latest application for outline planning granted in October 2007 for the erection of a primary health care centre and 30 dwellings.


This was submitted by applicants Bridge Street Practice and Neja Estates Ltd, however, the proposals did not go ahead and Bridge Street Practice moved to new premises on Eastgate North.


In the past, the site has been allocated in the local plan for a primary school.


Although no new plans have been submitted, a spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The council is clearing the land to undertake site surveys and investigations prior to making a decision on the next steps with this surplus site.”

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