We wish to object very strongly to the above application.
Flooding, traffic volume, and air quality are of huge concern and this development in this area cannot be justified. An Air Quality Management area along Fulford Main Street has been in force since 2006. The additional traffic volume will only seek to exacerbate this situation. At peak times the A19 is already at over capacity with traffic backing up onto the slip road leading from A64. The development allows for 2.25 parking spaces per household. Add in buses, delivery vans and other services and that could lead to well over 1600 vehicles. There really is nowhere for them all to go, Fulford Road is already at capacity. The other road exit/entrance point is located at the very end of Low Moor Avenue. Currently a quiet cul de sac leading into other quiet cul de sacs. These roads cannot cope with this increase in traffic volume either and they all filter into Heslington Lane.
There can be no justification for building in the flood plain. Across the country we can see many examples of new developments being flooded due to climate change and the increasing unpredictability of the weather.After the serious flooding in 2000, developments were not to be permitted on ground that flooded. The area around Germany Beck floods every year and we are concerned that the development and the measures put in to prevent flooding of the new development will move flood water to other areas of the City, causing flooding problems elsewhere. There are already residents in Fulford unable to obtain insurance because of flood risk.
The Conservation Area was extended in 2008 to include the area where the road junction and raised road would be located yet this development would do permanent harm to the village of Fulford. Surely the point of a Conservation Area is to protect the area from harm such as this. There is more evidence that the Battle of Fulford took place in this area. This is an extremely significant event and the site should be preserved for posterity. There are many other, more appropriate, brownfield sites across the city that have been made available, and which could be used for development.