A £4.2m scheme including the creation of Hull's first temporary site for travellers has been recommended for approval.

Planning councillors voted in favour of the development between Bedford Street and Mount Pleasant in east Hull after visiting the site earlier today.

However, it's not the final decision because of an objection from the Environment Agency.

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The Agency claims the part of the site would be "highly vulnerable" to flooding and says allowing residential use on it would not comply with national flood risk policies.

As a result, the scheme will now be referred to Secretary of State Michael Gove for a final ruling.

Under the plans, the new transit site would feature 17 temporary stopping places where travellers can pitch vehicles for up to 28 days with access via Mount Pleasant.

The current permament site in Bedford Street is opposite the Energy Works waste recycling plant
The current permament site in Bedford Street is opposite the Energy Works waste recycling plant

In addition, ten extra pitches are proposed in an extension to the existing neighbouring permanent site for travellers in Bedford Street.

These ten pitches are the focus of the Environment Agency objection.

Hull City Council want to offer the new temporary pitches between April and October in an attempt to curb the problem of unauthorised encampments by visiting travellers on both public and private land in the city.

Each pitch would provide space for one caravan and two cars.

The council has set aside a £4.2m budget to acquire the necessary land at the site, deal with contamination issues and build the new facilities there.

It says pitch fees from the site together with an anticipated reduction in legal and clean-up costs as a result of fewer unauthorised encampments elsewhere will eventually cover the cost of providing the new pitches.

A site plan showing how the proposed temporary travellers' stopping place in Mount Pleasant could look.
A site plan showing how the proposed temporary travellers' stopping place in Mount Pleasant could look.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Sean Chaytor said there was an overwhelming need to establish a temporary site for travellers in the city and welcomed design proposals to keep the two sites independent of each other.

However Councillor Diana Hatcher, who represents the area, said existing travellers at the permanent site had raised objections to the idea of having a new temporary site next door.

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She added: "There is a feeling from the current travellers who live there that they do not want a different type of community using a temporary stopping site there."

In its submission, Humberside Police said the council should either examine alternative locations or consider extra "mitigation measures" to improve security at the site because of "some concerns" over potential friction between the two different traveller communities living next to each other.

The city council's planning manager John Craig said there would be a physical divide between the two sites.

Bedford Street in east Hull
Bedford Street in east Hull

He also confirmed pitches would be set on raised concrete blocks to take the caravans to what the council considered was an acceptable height in terms of flood risk.

Councillor Rob Dunstan said the issue had dragged on for too long and claimed the site was ideal for visiting travellers despite some claiming an alternative location somewhere in west Hull would be more appropriate.

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