Leconfield shops controversy

PARISH councillors in Leconfield have lodged strong objections against plans for two new retail units and a flat on the Main Street.

They argue that the application should be refused because the development would create parking problems.

They also feel it would put pressure on the drainage system in the village and they have posed the question “If this scheme is approved, will further schemes be put forward in the village?”

Elmfield Estates Ltd have applied to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the renewal of outline planning permission to put up a builing to provide two retail units - incorporating a Post Office - and one flat, plus new access and parking, following demolition of existing buildings at Leconfield Post Office.

The application will be considered by the ERYC eastern area planning sub committee on February 7 and officers have recommended that councillors should grant approval.

Several residents have also written to the council objecting to the scheme.

But the applicant has claimed that the development will enhance the role of Leconfield as a service centre as well as contributing to the variety of housing stock in the village.

The firm argues that the site is previously developed land.

The officers’ report to the committee said: “The impact on neighbouring dwellings, street scene and retail use is considered to be acceptable and will not have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area as a whole.

“It is considered that the renewal of outline planning consent for the demolition of the existing Post Office and dwelling, followed by the re-development of the site in the submitted form, is acceptable.”