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Surveys to test if plot is suitable for housing

Surveys are currently being carried out on an unused site in central Driffield to assess its viability for being developed for housing.

The stretch of land located behind Lockwood Street, St John’s Road, Beverley Road and Middle Street South is owned by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is currently earmarked in the Local Plan for housing.

Work began on the site last week sparking speculation from nearby residents that plans were being put in place to develop the site.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council told the Wolds Weekly: “This piece of land is council owned and is designated for housing.  

“We are currently undertaking surveys to assess the viability of developing the land for housing.” 

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.

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.

It is not believed the site is subject to a new planning application at this time.

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