20 homes earmarked for land near historic Abbey House would have ‘devastating impact’ say residents

Developers want to build 20 homes on this land

Controversial plans for homes to be built near a Grade II listed building look set to go ahead despite concerns raised by residents and Historic England.

Proposals to develop land next to Abbey House in Preston were bitterly opposed by residents who said it would have a “devastating impact” on the surrounding area.

But planning chiefs have given outline permission after it was pointed out the site was earmarked for up to 20 homes in East Riding Council’s own Local Plan. Hurd Homes had even increased the number of proposed properties at the site from nine to 20 because of this.

Residents have major concerns about the potential development

Addressing councillors on behalf of the company, Chris Kendall said the council would “face problems” if it did not support one of its own allocations.

“The applicant is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t,” he said.

“It would be unfair to refuse the application if you think that 20 homes is too many. It wasn’t what the applicant had asked for in the first place.”

Historic England had urged councillors to consider whether or not housebuilding would impact on the character of the area, given its closeness to Abbey House.

Carole Tesseyman, who lives near the site, objected to the proposals, saying: “This would have a devastating impact on the most historical part of Preston.

“Please do not ignore the request of Historic England to put a stop to these developments, as the area does not need further housing.”

Residents are against the development near Abbey House in Abbey Lane, Preston
Residents are against the development near Abbey House in Abbey Lane, Preston (Image: Richard Addison)

Preston Parish Council also raised worries about nearby Abbey Road being too narrow for traffic travelling in both directions and the likelihood of the land flooding.

Committee member Councillor David Robson said: “I realise our hands are tied because the inspector said this was suitable land for development.

“I don’t know whether the planning inspector was blind when he came to the site.

“There’s no place to stop on the road to avoid a collision. I wouldn’t want any member of my family walking down there day or night.

“I find it unacceptable if we can’t find a way to refuse this.”Committee members were split five against five on the proposals, with chairman Councillor Bryan Pearson granting approval with the deciding vote.

The number of homes could yet be altered when the committee reviews the details at a later date.

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