16 affordable homes plans rejected by North Lincolnshire councillors

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jul 2017

A plan for 16 new affordable homes on a site in North Lincolnshire have been turned down by planners.

The site off Gainsborough Road in Kirton In Lindsey was proposed for a range of affordable homes by applicants Gerald Ltd and Mr Barnard.

Residents and councillors from ward raised concerns about the location of the plans saying that the site is outside the development boundary.

Susan Greenslade, a resident of Kirton In Lindsey, argued that there are other suitable locations for the homes.

"This application seems to be a replica of the one rejected by the council before," she said.

Similar proposals were put forward for the same site in July 2016.

Following the decision, the Government's Planning Inspectorate also rejected an appeal by the applicant earlier this year.

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The proposals in the new application would see six three-bedroom houses and 10 two-bedroom bungalows to make up the affordable homes.

Mrs Greenslade said that the site is not suitable for the type of housing as it is far away from Kirton's amenities.

"For working people in need of affordable housing this is untenable," she said.

"The council will let residents down if they change their previous decision."

Site plan submitted by applicant for sixteen affordable homes in Kirton In Lindsey

Phil Scrafton, who was speaking on behalf of the applicants, said that the report before the committee shows several conditions that address concerns about the previous application.

He added that the Government's Planning Inspectorate dismissed the appeal because it did not feel the application could deliver on a section 106 agreement on affordable housing.

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"There is no evidence that infrastructure in Kirton cannot deal with this development," he said.

However, ward councillors, Trevor Foster and John England, said that they agreed with concerns of local residents.

"I think there is no justification whatsoever for going outside the development boundary," said Councillor England.

Committee member, Councillor Mick Grant, said that, despite the concerns raised by the speakers present, the applicants would win on appeal as the area requires affordable housing.

The committee voted to reject the proposals.

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