Blow for developers as vision for 54 homes in Waltham set for refusal

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Dec 2017

A vision to build a large housing estate of 54 homes on the edge of Waltham looks set to be knocked back by the council over concerns about the development's “poor design”

Planning officers at North East Lincolnshire Council have recommended a proposal to build the new housing estate, in Station Road, Waltham, for refusal.

Developer Peter Strawson has submitted a full planning application to NELC for permission to build the 54 homes, but due to concerns over the design of the properties and the "detrimental impact" the development would have on the "visual amenity of the street scene", the application is set to be sent back to the drawing board.

A planning committee meeting will meet to discuss the plans on Wednesday, after Waltham ward councillor, Peter Jackson, called the application in to committee in order to have full consideration of the amended scheme.

The site - behind the existing fire station in Station Road at its junction with Grimsby Road - has previously been subject of an approved planning application for the construction of 51 dwellings.

This new application is an amendment to that initial plan, which was originally tabled in 2014 but refused, only to be later granted on appeal in March 2016.

Waltham Parish Council have thrown their support behind the scheme to further expand the village of Waltham and the surrounding area, but NELC are looking to once again block the plan to build on the site.

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Monmouth Properties had put in a planning application for a 400 home development off Louth Road and Station Road in New Waltham, that was initially rejected by the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee.

Ross Davy Associates has put the plans for this latest development to NELC on behalf of Mr Strawson, whose application outlines how the scheme also includes community benefits including on site affordable housing provision and education contributions.


An area of land earmarked for 54 new homes, off Station Road, Waltham (Image: Abby Ruston)

As part of the development two large ponds and an area of open space would be included.

Ten of the houses would be two and three bed semi-detached properties, 15 would be four bed detached properties with a double garage and 29 would be three or four bed properties with a single garage.

If the scheme is approved by councillors, the developer hopes to deliver it within five years.

But in recommending the plan for refusal, NELC planners, say: "Whilst the proposed development is acceptable in principle it does raise significant concerns due to the design and layout of the development and the provision and design of affordable housing.

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"This proposal represents poor design for the reasons discussed and as such cannot be considered to be sustainable development.

"The proposed development, due to its design and layout, does not constitute good design and would have a significantly detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the street scene and the wider character of the area."

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the plans.

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