Driffield could get more than 300 new homes and roundabout

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More than 300 new homes and a major roundabout could be built in an East Yorkshire market town.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee has been told to allow the development in Driffield if certain conditions are met.

This includes the building of a new roundabout on the A614 which has to be completed ahead of any housebuilding.

Some parish councils objected to the development due to infrastructure concerns.

The site, just north of Driffield’s cemetery, used to be owned by the council until the majority of it was sold to Homes England.

Kirkburn Parish Council warned doctor and dentist surgeries would not be able to cope with the influx of new residents.

Similarly, Garton on The Wolds Parish Council said existing services and amenities would not cope with additional housing.

Some Driffield residents said they were also concerned about the impact on the cemetery and its visitors.

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However, a council report outlined plans to restrict hours of construction and stated there were no plans for access to and from the site through the cemetery.

It also said proposed access arrangements were considered “acceptable” with no objections from highways officials.

The report said the site would be developed in a way that would have “acceptable” living conditions for future and existing occupiers.

The council’s education officers estimated up to 51 primary school places and 36 secondary school places would be needed for the new housing.

Once the exact number of homes is determined, the required contributions by the developer would be revisited, it added.

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