Beverley retirement complex approved in ‘vandalism’ hot spot

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Beverley retirement complex approved in ‘vandalism’ hot spot

Beverley retirement complex approved in ‘vandalism’ hot spot
2021-08-10 13:52:00
Plans for a retirement complex with 51 apartments in Beverley have been backed by East Riding councillors. East Riding Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee voted to defer plans for the complex, off Langholm Close, for further talks with its developers before being approved. Read more: 17 areas where roadworks are happening in Hull this month Resident Sue Morgan, a backer of the application, told the committee it would see the “run down” former Westwood Park Residential Home which has been targeted by vandals and arson. But Christopher Kendall, who spoke on behalf of objecting residents, told councillors the building would “overlook and dominate” nearby homes in a conservation area and see traffic spike. Committee member Cllr Denis Healy, of St Marys ward which covers the site, said he opposed the application but backed holding regular meetings between developers and residents to discuss concerns. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. The decision comes after councillors previously deferred the application for a site visit at a meeting on Monday, July 19 following objections over its impact on Beverley's Westwood Conservation Area. Plans from developers McCarthy and Stone for the complex include 29 one bedroom and 22 two bedroom apartments offering supported living for residents over 55. Developers' documents also stated the three storey building, on a site covering roughly 0.67 hectares, would create 17 new jobs. McCarthy and Stone agreed to fit obscure glazed windows looking out from hallway areas to keep nearby residents' homes and gardens out of view. A total of 23 objections were lodged against the application over traffic, scale and concerns that the complex would strain local sewage and drainage networks, posing a flood risk. Find planning applications near you Six comments in support were submitted from locals and council officers and public bodies did not raise objections over traffic, flooding or other issues. Cllr Healy told the committee company representatives had said they wanted to leave Langholm Close, currently without footpaths or lighting, in an “improved and enhanced” condition. The committee heard developers had also agreed to plant and keep more trees to help screen the building from view. Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mrs Morgan said her and other supporters of the plans felt it was “so important” to develop the site in light of antisocial behaviour concerns. She added she did not think there would be “any difference” to traffic levels seen when the Westwood Park Residential Home was operational. The resident said: “When the Residential Home was open there were still delivery drivers, off site carers and visitors using Langholm Close. Resident Mrs Morgan told councillors the 'run down' former Westwood Park Residential Home had become a target for vandals (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire Council) “The site is not far from the centre of Beverley and its amenities so people would be able to walk there. “I and others feel that this is something Beverley needs considering its elderly population. “We think it's so important that this site is developed, it has become run down and a target for vandalism and small fires being lit.” Mr Kendall said he thought the scale of the building in its current form was “unacceptable”. The objector said: “The addition of 51 new residents will increase the population by a factor of three over the number of those historically living in the area. “Residents of this will be able to freely move around in their own vehicles and there will be staff and visitors, traffic from the former Residential Home was negligible. “Residents now that exiting from Langholm Close can be troublesome, this will have a

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