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Proposed park will ‘dwarf village’ claim

    By Nicola Watson  

PAULL Parish Council is asking councils across East Yorkshire for moral support in a ‘David and Goliath battle’ over fears a proposed development could dwarf the village.

The move follows two public consultations hosted by Associated British Ports (ABP) for plans for the 453-acre Humber International Enterprise Park.

The port operator hosted public dropin sessions at Hedon Town Hall on Monday, October 1 and at Paull Village Hall on Wednesday October 3.

The sessions were held ahead of ABP submitting an application to obtain outline planning permission to showcase plans for the industrial park proposed for the area between BP Chemicals at Saltend and the village of Paull.

But Paull Parish Councillor Bill Failey believes the park could destroy the village.

Cllr Failey said: “This park will totally dwarf and impact greatly on the little village of Paull. It doesn’t make sense to have this at the east of Hull all we can do is put our views forward and hope that they are taken into consideration.”

The plans were discussed by Paull Parish Council following the Paull consultation, on Thursday, October 4. Concerns raised included the road networks, traffic, potential flooding, building on established farmland, and light and noise pollution.

It was agreed that the parish council will make representations to oppose the proposed plan.

Now, the council has drafted a letter to be sent to town and parish councils to ask for their moral support and asking them to write to the planning department of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and confirm they share the views that: ‘this development is disproportionate and will critically harm the character of the village of Paull.’

The letter, signed by parish council chairman Graham Shaw, on behalf of Paull Parish Council, states: “The land is currently designated as an enterprise zone and whilst Paull Parish Council understand it is designated for development, we feel the scale of what ABP propose is completely disproportionate.”

“The designers believe the project will create and support over 7,000 jobs - this, together with the vehicles used for logistics and proposed distribution business will even further stretch the existing road networks which are already operating beyond capacity and create additional delays to those already experienced on the A1033.”

The letter says the proposal to build the UK’s largest industrial complex on its doorstep “will destroy the character of the village,” but says Paull Parish Council concedes the land owned by ABP is designated for development but concerns are about the scale and layout of the proposals.

“We intend raising a petition of local people and encouraging residents to write letters of complaint to the planning authority before it is too late. As a parish council we will also submit a case for a reduced development with a less invasive layout and suggest methods of mitigating the impacts on Paull. The impact of this development on our small village has the potential to be devastating.”

Dafydd Williams, head of communications for ABP Humber said: “We are grateful to everyone who has been able to attend the two public consultation sessions that we held recently as the feedback that we have received has proven to be extremely useful.

“The HIEP site has been earmarked by East Riding Council as development land to provide employment opportunities for a number of years and as such, we are pleased that our current plans will look to offer around 7,500 jobs within the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

“We are currently in the process of working through the feedback that we received at public consultations and are amending our plans as necessary to meet as much of that feedback as possible. With this in mind, we will be holding a further exhibition event to publish our revised plans in the near future. We look forward to welcoming another large audience in order for us to answer any questions local residents might have.”

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