Homes plan for old gas works

Plans Moorfield Road
Plans Moorfield Road

NEW homes could be built on the site of Bridlington’s old gas works.

National Grid Property Holdings Ltd own the site of the former Gas Showrooms and gasworks on Quay Road, where they are now seeking outline planning permission for 44 new homes.

They may not be the eventual developer, but have submitted a plan showing a possible 20 one bedroom apartments and 34 two bed apartments of two, three and four storey construction around a central public space. They would occupy the area between Moorfield Road and the railway line, and the edge of Moorfield pay and display car park. It would include on site parking.

At this stage, it is not proposed to include any affordable housing on the site.

Their application, which is a basis to agree access arrangements to the proposed development, will go before today’s East Riding of Yorkshire planning committee meeting, with an officer recommendation for approval.

In response to a consultation document, Bridlington Town Council has already said it has concerns about the amount of traffic and the access arrangements to the site, pointing out that Moorfield Road is very narrow and already used for Moorfield road car park.

Bridlington Regeneration Partnership have said Moorfield car park may be a possible location for coach parking under the town’s Area Action Plan and Moorfield Road itself would need to be widened should that happen. In addition, a footpath link through the proposed site, linking the car park with Quay Road should be investigated to avoid the difficult Oliver’s Lane unmanned railway crossing.

The site ceased to operate as a gas works in 1968 , when it used to have its own railway sidings for delivery of coal used in gas production, and the former Gas Showroom on Quay Road and depot buildings were demolished in the late 1990s.

The site was cleared of any contamination caused by its earlier use and prepared for future development in 2008.