Town Council approve housing plan

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Plans for a major housing development at the former gas works site on Moorfield Road in Bridlington have moved a step closer to reality after Bridlington Town Council approved the idea.

The application to build 26 three bedroom dwellings on the site is nearing the end of its standard consultation period on 20 December, but a date for the application to appear before committee is yet to be set.

News of the application will be a surprise for some after supermarket chain Lidl were rumoured to be interested in building a new store on the site in 2011.

The Free Press reported that Lidl wanted to purchase the site, belonging to the National Grid, as well as a proportion of the council-owned Moorfield Car Park.

The idea for a new Lidl store went as far as a meeting between supermarket officials and council officers, but with this new housing application that plan now seems a thing of the past.

3,300 houses have been earmarked for Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Draft Local Plan which sets out where future housing developments may take place up to 2029.

This is not the first time a housing scheme has been mooted for the site, the town council ruled that a previous application to build 44 flats in 2011 should be refused citing concerns over inadequate parking and access.

Councillor Cyril Marsburg from Bridington Town Council’s Planning Committee, said: “This site has been empty for some time and the developers have reduced the number of dwellings they want to build on it now.

“It’s much better that the site is used because it does look like a bit of a mess at the moment.

“I would have liked to see a supermarket built on the site, there would have been plenty of space to park in Moorfield Car Park and I think it would have been a good location for it.”