‘Insurance premiums could go up if pumping station not built’

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INSURANCE premiums could rise if a controversial pumping station is not built on a Hull estate, planners have warned.

Angry residents opposing the £17m development on Selset Way, Kingswood say it would dominate their houses and be a “huge blot on the landscape.”

Yorkshire Water, which is appealing a previous refusal of planning permission, has submitted new plans, which reduce the height of the building by 1m, or just over 3ft.

But residents say it would still be a massive building, standing more than 47ft high and 138ft long, too close to houses and out of scale.

Some claim they bought their houses on the Barratt development on the understanding the station was to be submerged or removed.

One commented: “An alternative location and moving pipework and pumps is not a major hurdle especially to a major company the size of Yorkshire Water. In the great scheme of things the extra costs incurred by a company the size of Yorkshire Water are minor compared to the misery and distress caused to the residents of our estate, if this current application is approved.”

But planners are recommending approval of the plans, due to be discussed at a meeting next Wednesday, saying the reduced height will offset some of the building’s impact.

A letter has been sent to Barratt for clarification over what buyers were told - but there had been no response yet.

Planners say many residents and businesses already face increased premiums and excesses and without the development they could go up even more.

Their report adds: “This could hamper future regeneration of wide areas of the city and this therefore is a material consideration that would support the approval of this application.”

In a statement YW said they were disappointed by the decision in December to refuse permission as they believed the plan was “the most robust solution to help prevent flooding in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas.”

They added: “We had previously said we could probably reduce the height at detailed design stage, but we have made the decision to incorporate this change now. The height of the building is dictated by the physical size of the screw pumps and the need for an internal lifting beam to remove the pumps for routine maintenance and repair.”