New homes planned for Fletchers Yard site in Grimsby
TWELVE new homes are to be created in the heart of Grimsby.
North East Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee approved the application by JH Developments to convert an existing building in Fletchers Yard, Wellowgate into four homes, and to build eight more.
Planning officer Russell Clarkson said that the building in the western corner of the site was being retained because it was an original 19th century building which had architectural merit.
He said the other buildings had been heavily modified and therefore were of little merit.
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The site contains a number of late Victorian buildings and 20th century steel framed warehouses, from where several small businesses operate.
Some councillors expressed concerns about access for emergency services, as the planned main entrance to the courtyard is through a 2.89 metre archway.
However, Mr Clarkson said that no concerns had been raised by Humberside Fire and Rescue. The application was approved by ten votes to none, with one abstention.
It had gone before the planning committee last month, but was deferred to a enable a site visit to be carried out.
Councillor Ray Sutton (Lab, Freshney) said: "I will regret the passing of Dale's metal works, but given that the civic society is in favour I am happy to support the application."
Councillor Terry Thurogood (Lab, Croft Baker) said: "I think this is an excellent development. It is in a flood zone, but the regeneration benefits clearly outweigh the problems there."
Architect Ross Davy, the agent for the applicant, said: "Fletchers Yard falls within the Wellow Conservation Area and is of historic interest being formerly used as a slaughter house.
"We have worked harmoniously with the council's planning and conservation officers to agree what elements to retain and proposals for the replacement of the poor quality buildings.
"We will be seeking developer interest and hope to move quickly towards a commencement on site."