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To: East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Save Beverley’s Remaining Green Spaces
We ask ERYC to:
- take steps to ensure that future consultations with residents are meaningful;
- considerably reduce the proposed new housing allocation for Beverley;
- reduce the number of proposed houses in the Draft Masterplan for the South West of Beverley to 900;
- retain Southwood, Beverley's proposed new area of common land;
- include further green spaces within all proposed developments.
Why is this important?
Whilst we accept that more houses are needed in the Beverley area, we are deeply concerned about the scale of housing developments proposed for Beverley, as detailed by ERYC in various documents, including the emerging East Riding Local Plan: 3,000 houses are proposed in a town with a current population of 30,000.
Most recently, the Draft Masterplan for the South West of Beverley shows a level of housing density well in excess of the existing housing in the vicinity: 1,900 houses, which is equivalent to approximately 35 houses per hectare, as opposed to the current 20 houses per hectare in the neighbouring Lincoln Way development, in other words, not in keeping with the character for the area.
In 2011 the Beverley Renaissance Partnership called for a large area of open space for public recreational use, a new common, tentatively called Southwood, to complement the existing pastures elsewhere in Beverley, something the new Draft Masterplan has now omitted. Currently only 10 hectares of the 80 hectare development are proposed as green space and this is in small patches scattered around the development. This area needs to be larger and joined up into a coherent chunk of land that will provide a useful recreational space, a green lung for the town, and ensure that Beverley does not become just another suburb of Hull.
We call on ERYC to amend the above Draft Masterplan to reflect a level of development more in keeping with the area. We also ask that Beverley retain the existing quality of life for present and future residents by preserving and expanding its green spaces for recreational use and, in the process, protect and preserve our local wildlife.