3,300 new homes for Bridlington in next 15 years

Symon Fraser

Symon Fraser

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MORE than 3,000 new houses, support for tourism and backing for town centre regeneration are the aims for Bridlington in a new council planning document.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has started public consultation on the draft East Riding Local Plan, which sets a framework for future development in the county until 2029.

Bridlington has been identified as a principal town and in the area, the aim is to:

l Build 3,300 new homes across five sites, and the town centre. 20% of the new homes will be affordable.

l Provide additional primary school capacity in Bridlington and Beeford.

l Support new infrastructure – including GP surgeries, dentists, as well as drainage and flood alleviation schemes.

l Support the Bridlington Area Action Plan’s regeneration strategy.

l Help the growth of new and existing businesses at Bessingby and Carnaby Industrial Estates, including the relocation of businesses on Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate to Carnaby.

l Support high-quality tourist accommodation and make the best use of the coast and Wolds for tourism.

l Help to relocate developments threatened by coastal erosion.

l Make Bridlington a centre of economic development and housing growth and provide services such as shopping, leisure, transport, education, health, entertainment, tourism, recreation, and cultural activities.

l Support the town centre “as a key area of growth” and provide 600 homes and additional retail and leisure units.

l Improve the mix of housing types – high-quality flats and town houses in the town centre and bungalows, larger properties and affordable housing for older people elsewhere.

l The setting of Bridlington Old Town will be protected.

l The open spaces between Bridlington and Sewerby and Bridlington and Bessingby will be protected.

The draft Local Plan, which was agreed by the council’s cabinet on December 11, identifies the location and amount of new development that will take place in different towns and villages in the East Riding, such as new homes, shops and businesses.

It also identifies where development should not take place, for example because of risk of flooding or because a site is protected to remain as open space, such as allotments and playing fields.

Coun Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “The preparation of a Local Plan is a statutory requirement and is vitally important in ensuring that locally distinct planning policies are prepared so that they can be used to determine future planning applications.

“If a Local Plan is not put in place, the determination of future planning applications will increasingly be made using national planning policies and so reduce the ability of the council to manage development in the best interests of the East Riding and its residents.

“The Local Plan has already been subject to numerous public consultations and the 13,000 comments that we have received so far have been considered in reaching this draft stage. As part of this consultation, various displays and public drop-in sessions are being held across the East Riding and I urge all residents to get involved and have their say.”

Flamborough, Beeford and Kilham have been identified as villages for small-scale growth. Ninety new homes will be built in Beeford and Kilham, and 85 new homes in Flamborough.

A number of smaller villages, such as Barmston, Bempton, Burton Agnes, Skipsea, Sewerby and Ulrome, are also listed in the plan.

In these villages support will be given to the development of local services and facilities, economic development and new housing.

Displays outlining the proposals will be in Bridlington North Library between March 9 and March 18. Council officers will also be holding a drop-in session at Bridlington North Library on March 14 between 2pm and 7pm.

The council will consider all the comments that are received before a final version is published in October.

The plan will then be examined by a Government planning inspector and is likely to be completed in late 2014. It can be viewed at eastriding.limehouse.co.uk/portal/, at eastriding.gov.uk/erlocalplan or at Bridlington Town Hall.