Plans approved for homes and play area to transform village

PLANS have been approved for a development that will transform a village on the edge of Hull.

The Crown Estate has been given the go-ahead to develop 87 new homes in Skirlaugh.

Relatively few concerns, beyond some worries about traffic and infrastructure, have been raised about the homes on land next to Benninghome Lane playing field.

The main fear is about the proposal to add a new play area.

Skirlaugh Parish Council chairman Terry Frost said: "Our main objection is that it could well be divisive as it was planned to be about 20 metres from the existing play area.

"Who would arrange for the annual inspection? Who would clean it? Who would repair it? Who would do the weekly safety checks?"

Councillor Frost said both Skirlaugh Parish Council and Skirlaugh Playing Fields Committee would prefer to have improvements made to the existing play area.

East Riding Council planning committee voted to defer the application subject to a satisfactory agreement on the play area and other matters.

Effectively, it has been approved. The bid will simply be approved by officers, without having to go back to councillors. But, before that, the applicant will have to agree a sum of money for development of the existing play area.

The idea is for the development to include a play area for young children but for the developer to also make a contribution to facilities for older youngsters and adults.

The agreement will also include details and costs for how the applicant will improve roads linking to the planned site.

Steve Melligan, Crown Estate's strategic land manager, said: "We are extremely pleased with East Riding planning committee's decision to approve our plans for Skirlaugh.

"The development will meet an identified housing need and enhance recreational facilities for the wider community."