Controversy as 157 new homes approved for Kingswood on 10-acre greenfield site
Plans for 157 new homes to be built in Kingswood have been approved – despite the greenfield land in question not being allocated for residential use.
The ten-acre greenfield site off Barnes Way has always been zoned for community or employment use under Hull City Council’s long-term planning policies for the development of the estate. It has remained undeveloped since building work first started in Kingswood in the late 1990s.
Residents who opposed the scheme by Beal Homes claimed the land should be used for what it was always intended for. They also raised concerns over the impact of yet more new homes close to the main approach roads into Kingswood, including Raich Carter Way.
They were supported by Councillor Charles Quinn, who represents the area. He said the new homes would be in addition to 1,861 already approved properties yet to be built in Kingswood.
Cllr Quinn accepted the open land would eventually be developed but said it had always been earmarked for potential community facilities to serve the whole estate. He said: “In effect, these are unplanned homes because the land has been set aside for something else.”
He said delaying the delivery of purpose-built community facilities in favour of new housing would disappoint residents, leaving them wondering when they would ever happen. Moving refusal, he said he also was worried about the impact of more housing on local schools, health services, and the surrounding road network.
He added: “The question for me is whether Kingswood can cope? Putting housing here is going against the council’s own policy.”
However, his motion was defeated on the casting vote of committee chairman Councillor Alan Gardiner who then used another casting vote to approve the application following a further tied vote. He said: “157 homes might sound huge but I live in a terraced street and there are more houses in that.”
Cllr Gardiner also welcomed proposals by Beal Homes to fund improvements to the Dunswell roundabout under a legal agreement linked to securing planning approval for the new housing. The company also intends to convert the ground floor of Kingswood House, a two-storey office block next to the site, for community use.
Speaking at the committee, Beal Homes’ land director Chris Murphy said the company intended to deliver a quality scheme in line with recent housing developments in both Kingswood and the city’s Fruit Market. It will feature 69 three-bedroom homes and 88 two-bed properties.
Overall, around 6,000 homes have been built in Kingswood over the last two decades. Another 2,000 in both Kingswood and neighbouring North Bransholme are due to be built in the next five years.