Strawberry Fields forever? Plan for 600 new homes

Site plan for the proposed 600 homes

Site plan for the proposed 600 homes

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“This is exactly what we were looking for. Hopefully with Pegasus’s planning expertise and experience an early approval of the scheme will create local jobs in the not too distant future.”

A spokesperson for Pegasus said: “The proposals represent a substantial investment in the housing market and economy of Bridlington. The landowners have had significant interest from national housebuilding companies, which demonstrates a confidence in the town and its ongoing regeneration that will continue to make the town an attractive place to live.”

Like most of the UK, the growth in population and the trend for smaller households places pressure on the demand for new housing.

To meet this need and support regeneration initiatives for Bridlington, the town centre and harbour area, it was identified in the draft East Riding Local Plan that around 3,300 new homes will be required in the town between now and 2029.

The draft Local Plan was drawn up by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and sets a framework for future development in the county until 2029.

Public consultation on the draft document ended on April 15, with the council receiving around 6,000 comments. An amended plan will now be produced and put out for final consultation, with the council hoping to have the plan adopted by late 2014.

The Strawberry Fields site, where a popular car boot sale takes place weekly during the summer, has been designated as an area for housing development in the Local Plan, but a council spokesperson confirmed that development would not take place until the plan was adopted.

Bridlington south ward councillor Shelagh Finlay said: “There are a few concerns. I will be looking at the transport issue, and also making sure that there is adequate screening. The provision for local schools is also an issue. I am a governor at Hilderthorpe School and there will not be room for lots of new children, so that needs looking at.”

Plans showing how the site could be developed are going on display and local people are being invited to help shape the proposals prior to the submission of a planning application.

Anthony Howarth, director of golf at Bridlington Golf Club, which will be opposite the site, said: “From our point of view it will be a positive thing. If more people are moving to the area and have a golf course on their door step, we may attract more members.”

Around 4,500 leaflets have been sent out locally asking for the views of local residents, and more feedback is expected at a public exhibition of the plans which is set to be held this Saturday, May 18, between 10am and 3pm at Emmanuel Church on Cardigan Road.

A project website has also been set up at www.strawberryfields-kingsgate.co.uk