Calls for 200 homes site in Waltham to be removed from Local Plan

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Apr 2017

A Waltham ward councillor has spoken out against the inclusion of a major housing site of almost 200 homes in the new Local Plan.

Councillor Philip Jackson said the huge development, which would be situated between Barnoldby Road and Brigsley Road, was a "totally inappropriate and unsustainable site" and said it was added into the Local Plan "at the last minute."

Councillor Jackson, leader of the Conservative opposition group at North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), will speak at a public hearing into the Local Plan, which takes place on tomorrow morning (Friday) at the Humber Seafood Institute on Europarc.

"The Local Plan public enquiry has been taking place over the last few weeks and is focussing on housing issues this week," he said.

"It is a totally inappropriate and unsustainable site. It is a greenfield site in the open countryside with abundant wildlife. Access arrangements are totally unsatisfactory and most traffic generated by the development would have to drive through the already congested centre of Waltham village.

"There is no easy access to public transport. There are insufficient primary school places in Waltham at the moment, let alone if further new developments come along. Development of this site would increase the risk of local flooding. These are the main arguments I'll be using against this site.

"The village of Waltham is not against further housing development. A Community Led Plan for the village was drawn up a couple of years ago and it was generally agreed that new housing would be acceptable on Cheapside. This particular site, HOU111, was opposed by local people."

He added: "This site was only added into the draft Local Plan at the last minute and I want to help local residents and WRAG, who are doing a great job, to have it removed from the Plan before it comes before NELC's Planning Committee."

A spokesperson from Cyden Homes, the applicant of the proposed development, declined to comment.

An NELC spokesperson said: "The Local Plan examination will discuss all aspects of the plan, matters raised during the public consultations and by the independent planning inspector.

"Objections raised on any aspect of the plan, along with all other representations, will be considered by the planning Inspector as part of the examination process."

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