The ABP plans for land near Paull have been hugely controversial.
The ABP plans for land near Paull have been hugely controversial.

On March 18th East Riding’s Planning Committee is considering ABPs plan to build a huge estate of warehousing on the land between Hedon, Paull and Hull. The largest building is 1,250,000sq ft – twice the size of the Amazon shed being built in Brough.

There is a Local Plan for South Holderness, only agreed 3 years ago, in which this land is designated for employment development, so it is difficult to see it being turned down despite the enormous scale of these proposals.

Steve Gallant (Candidate for South West Holderness Ward) speaking at the Pre-planning Meeting said:

“The Local Plan is meant to protect and manage development in this area. But East Riding’s Planning Committee’s decision to allow the Yorkshire Energy Park to go ahead, against Planning Officers advice and strong local opposition, means the Local Plan has been totally discredited.

The land YEP is to be built on was designated NOT for development, because of the severe flood risk. We’ve already had two bad flood events here in the last few years. Now we face two huge estates of warehouses filling all the green space between Hedon, Paull and Hull.

Quite why so many warehouses are needed on this side of Hull is in question. Although the Freeport is going ahead, we’ve seen exports drop by 40% this year. We risk being lumbered with a ghost town of empty warehouses.

The Planning Committee has already let residents down and shredded the Local Plan. The least you can do is to recognize the impact on the area of the two developments and scale back the plans. We need substantial border areas, screening with mature trees and more mitigation for wildlife and the flood risk for the ABP development”

The Planning Committee have seen promises of loads of jobs (none guaranteed for locals!) and not given due regard to the traffic, environment and pollution impact of these estates.

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