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In April 2001 an application was submitted by Persimmon Homes to develop a site of around 34 hectares of green belt land at Germany Beck.
The outline application proposed approximately 700 dwellings, public open space & community facilities including local shops, footpaths, cycleways, roads, engineering works & landscaping. The plans indicated a new signal controlled junction adjacent to Stone Bridge at the A19, from where a new single access road would lead across the floodplain into the site.
The community in Fulford has consistently objected to the development on grounds of loss of valuable green belt land, flooding issues, the single access, traffic generation, amenity of nearby residents and the negative impact on the village character. Of course there were also huge concerns that the site of the Battle of Fulford would be destroyed forever.
During the following four years, amended plans were submitted and community consultation meetings were organised but the concerns of residents and the parish council were not addressed. On 26th May 2005, the application was approved by CoYC at a planning meeting lasting seven hours. The following year, a public inquiry was held into both the Germany Beck and Derwenthorpe sites and in May 2007 both applications were granted permission. The inspector stated that the number of houses at Germany Beck should not necessarily be restricted to 700!
No development has yet taken place but the parish council will be fully involved in community consultation when the developers decide to move forward. We will endeavour to ensure that the negative impacts of the development are minimised.
Further information, including maps of the development, will be posted here in the near future.