Residents’ anger over new store plans

Janet Sutcliffe
Janet Sutcliffe

Residents of Flamborough have united to form a petition against the planning application for a convenience store in the village.

The site for the proposed Co-op store which has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council is on the Former Waud Bros. site on Allison Lane in Flamborough.

Allison Lane in Flamborough

Allison Lane in Flamborough

The residents of Allison Lane are unhappy with the proposed store as well as the planned installation of double yellow lines, preventing them from parking outside their homes.

Members of the community have joined forces and have “hundreds” of signatures against the proposed store.

Janet Sutcliffe, 65, says she will regret buying her property on the street if the application goes through.

She said: “I bought this house a year ago though if I knew this was in the pipeline, I would have thought twice about moving here.

The plans for the proposed convenience store

The plans for the proposed convenience store

“The biggest concern for me is where is everyone going to park?

“This will cause controversy with residents as we will have to park somewhere else and in consequence upset somebody else. There is also the concern over the security of our vehicles with us having to walk a distance to our cars.”

The application claims “the existing retail facilities within Flamborough are limited and do not adequately serve the ‘top up’ shopping requirements of residents”.

The convenience store will include eight parking bays including one disabled space with access gained from Allison Lane. The store’s location is said to encourage more residents to walk or cycle to the store.

They are also worried about the noise and potential damage to their properties with many heavy goods vehicles set to travel down the road up to twice a day.

Eileen Whiteley, 76, of Allison Lane, said: “It will be awful if the application is approved. The gates will be outside my home and I will definitely look into moving home. I have been here four years and I am very happy but a Co-op will be an eyesore and is not required in the village.”

The plans have been approved by Flamborough Parish Council and the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast ahead of the awaited decision by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.