Former church site in Beverley Road to be transformed into houses and flats

Plans have been submitted for seven new houses and block of flats on the site of a former church in Beverley Road. Hull developers Ashcourt has put forward the proposals to build more than half a dozen houses and a three storey property of flats on the former site of the Newland United Reform Church. The development, between Brooklyn Street and Vermont Street in Beverley Road, is aimed at students and will provide accommodation for up to 41 people. The scheme consists of a terrace, including seven four-storey houses and a three-storey block of six flats, with vehicle access from Brooklyn Street.


Land on Beverley Road earmarked for development by Ashcourt

Land on Beverley Road earmarked for development by Ashcourt (Image: Jerome Ellerby)


In January 2015, planning permission was first giving for the development of properties on the site but the new proposals will cater for a greater number of people. Ashcourt run a significant amount of student accommodation near the development, including accommodation of the former Newland Homes site in Cottingham Road. An original church building, built on the site around 1904, was demolished in 1969 and the remaining building, the former school and latterly the Newland United Reform Church, was demolished in 2015. In a planning and heritage statement for Hull City Council, chartered town planner Doug Jennings outlined that the development could help the local economy and recommended it for approval.


Newland United Reform Church, on Beverley Road prior to its demolition

Newland United Reform Church, on Beverley Road prior to its demolition (Image: Hull Daily Mail)


The statements read: “The application involves the redevelopment of a key development site at an important location within the city. The proposed land use is compliant with Development Plan policy and the development would have significant urban regeneration benefits, provide quality student accommodation close to the University, improve the local built environment and aid the local economy. For the reasons set out in this statement the proposal in all respects is a sustainable development and accords with the National Framework’s sustainability principles. It should be approved without delay.”


Artist's drawing of the plans for properties on Beverley Road

Artist’s drawing of the plans for properties on Beverley Road (Image: Hull Daily Mail)


The development will also include an 11 space car park and a 22 space covered bike area, with shared space between the house and car park for residents. Despite protest from residents, earlier this month another new student housing development was given the go-ahead further up Beverley Road. A scheme which will see a total of 132 new flats being created at the Endsleigh Centre former convent was approved by a council planning committee on December 6, significantly increasing the amount of student accommodation in the area.


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