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Planning Committee determines material start not made on Clarence Mills scheme - 20/09/16
Hull City Council's Planning Committee have determined that a material start has not been made on the Clarence Mills scheme for student housing, hotel, casino, bar, cafe and restaurants.

The original permission for this scheme was granted in December 2008 but it has been determined that no valid start has been made on the site. This means the permission has now lapsed and if any new development is to come forward on the site a new planning permission will be required.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Energy City, said: ""It is disappointing that this prime city centre site has not been developed out since permission was given in 2008. As a Council we have provided planning support for the site through its allocation in the local plan and the granting of the planning permission in 2008 and its extension in 2010.m Unfortunately it is for the land owner to develop out schemes and unfortunately in this case that has not happened.""

Alex Codd, City Planning Manager, said: ""The decision to refuse the Lawful Development Certificate is a purely technical decision based on the lack of drainage, archaeology, contamination, renewable energy and phasing information submitted to discharge the necessary pre-commencement planning conditions. The decision does not consider the appropriateness of the development and I am disappointed this site has not been developed out.""

Ahead of 2017 the Council has approved a number of residential schemes in the city centre, approved schemes for an enhanced dining and drinking offer, as well as major physical improvements to the city's leisure offer through works to the Ferens and New Theatre. Alongside this the Council are currently dealing with an application to extend the Holiday Inn at the Marina and have approved a Hilton Hotel on Ferensway, the site has now been cleared to commence development. The Clarence Mills development is one of a number of important sites where permission for development has been granted but not progressed by the developer, and that, unfortunately, the Council has no powers to ensure development takes place.

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