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Plans submitted to build nine houses at former Grahams site

Nine houses could be built on the site of a ‘dated and dilapidated’ former building and plumbing merchants in Driffield town centre.

Grahams, on Eastgate South, closed last July and a planning application has been submitted to put two and three-bedroom properties on the land.

NP Smith Builders Ltd from Tibthorpe wants to demolish two warehouse and trading units to make way for the homes,

A report supporting the application says: “Saint Gobain, the parent company, chose to dispose of all Grahams branches.

“Whilst other local branches were bought as going concerns by UK Plumbing Supplies Ltd, the Driffield branch was not.

“The two members of staff were relocated – one to the Grahams branch in Bridlington, the other took up a position with a competitor in Beverley.

“Whilst we can only surmise on the reasons for the closure of the branch, a recent influx of new trade suppliers to Driffield, such as Screwfix and Toolstation, may have been a factor, along with the pro-active approach of existing competition.

“Both (Screwfix and Toolstation) are located on industrial sites within the town, allowing for easier access for deliveries and collections.”

The planning application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council says there would be five two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses, arranged in two rows.

Access will be via Eastgate South and the development includes two parking bays per properties plus spaces for visitors, and electric charging points could be included.

The gardens are described as ‘generous’.

The report adds: “This development would make a significant contribution in the wider regeneration of this area which has already been implemented in other residential developments.”

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