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Developer submits plans to knock down Wooden House

Developer Gatsby Group has submitted plans to demolish the former Wooden House on Exchange Street in Driffield to create access for a new car park.

Gatsby entered plans recently, confirming suggestions that it had purchased 12 Exchange Street as part of wider plans for a redevelopment of the former cattle market site on Eastgate South.

The proposal consists of a new, East Riding of Yorkshire Council-owned car park which will provide 105 spaces, free to use for an unlimited period, on what is predominantly unused and derelict land.

The Eastgate South car park land is subject to planning permission for an Aldi supermarket, with the former cattle market site to be converted into a 121-space, free-to-use for 90 minutes, car park.

This means a net increase of 92 free parking spaces across the development.

Aldi submitted plans of their own just weeks before Gatsby Group and access to the store and car park will be via Eastgate South.

Pedestrian access between the council-owned car park and the Aldi store car park will be provided from Exchange Street, with safe crossing points available at the point of entry for vehicles and pedestrians.

A three-metre wide walkway and cycle path between the store and Driffield Beck has also been suggested.

Gatsby Group’s car park will consist of four disabled bays, whilst Aldi’s will contain six, as well as 10 parent and child spaces and two for motorcycles.

In addition, there are plans for 10 cycles spaces and four electric vehicle charging bays.

Gatsby Group claims that it conducted a near neighbour door knocking exercise with both residents and businesses to discuss the application and that the ‘vast majority’ were encouraged by the idea of using a derelict site.

Some concern however was expressed about whether the proposed pedestrian walkway on Exchange Street would cause traffic and safety issues on the road, considering the speed that some vehicles travel down Exchange Street.

Another respondent asked whether the pedestrian access would be detrimental to their store.

However, this was only raised as a possibility and the respondent was largely in favour of the proposals.
A further concern included no provisions for coach and bus parking.

Gatsby Group claims to have explored options for this, but it was not possible.

The potential to provide a space to the rear of the proposed Aldi store at Galloway Lane was assessed but given the width of the roads, the manoeuvrability required couldn’t be achieved.

Aldi proposes that the store will be open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, with Sunday hours stating from 10am to 6pm. The total full-time equivalent jobs are 40.

Further information on the development can be found at aldiconsultation.co.uk/Driffield or visit East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning portal and search the reference number: 22/02912/STPLF.

For more information on Gatsby Group’s plans, search 22/03052/PLF on the planning portal.

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