Campaign group launched over housing estate plans between Scartho and Waltham

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Oct 2017

Residents have joined forces to form a campaign group in opposition to plans to build 59 bungalows on the edge of Scartho.

Fierce objections to the proposal for the new housing estate - earmarked for development between Waltham and Scartho - have already been voiced at a Waltham Parish Council meeting attended by more than 100 concerned residents.

Up to 100 people showed up to last night's Waltham Parish Council meeting. Councillors discussed a plan to build 59 homes on land off Torbay Drive

The Residents Action Group Scartho (RAGS) has now been formed as the opposition moves up a gear, and is appealing for other concerned residents to come forward to voice their views.

The group hope that by galvanising "people power", the residents as a force will stop the development from going ahead.

The land where developers Snape Properties wants to build the new estate on comes under the Waltham parish's jurisdiction, but would largely have an impact on residents living in Scartho.

Palmleaf Architects draw up initial plans for how the new estate, off Torbay Drive, would look

An outline planning application has been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council for consideration, which details plans to build the exclusively single-storey property estate to cater for the "ageing population".

But as the Waltham Parish Council meeting last month showed, there is a strong feeling among locals that the proposal should be thrown out.

An unprecedented number of people showed up to the meeting, as councillors discussed the controversial scheme.

Aside from threatening to "erode the acreage" of Waltham, and eat into the strategic gap between the village and Scartho, residents and councillors believe the plans should be quashed because the land is not included as a development site in the council's new or old local plan.

A planning application has been put forward for 59 new homes on land off Torbay Drive and Emfield Road, Grimsby

Pat Taylor is one of the people behind the organisation of RAGS, and lives in Emfield Road, which borders the proposed development site.

She opposes the plan on a personal level over fears that the new properties will compromise her privacy at home, and has described the scheme as "ill-planned".

Pat has vowed to be a voice for residents who are concerned, and says that some are "worried sick".

Pat Taylor delivering the group's letter to residents in the area

Pat said: "If we come together as a group then we can fight it together, as residents.

"A lot of the elderly residents are worried sick. But we need people to come and support us.

"It's time that residents were listened to. We have already got a lot of support.

"We will be letter dropping to raise more support.

"We are aware of the housing shortage but there are other sites in and around Grimsby that are better for developments. It's an ill thought-out plan."

A meeting with Scartho ward councillor, Ron Shepherd, and MP for Cleethorpes, Martin Vickers has been organised for later this month to discuss the scheme.

Pictured delivering a letter from the group to local residents are, from left, Rob Hornsey, Carol Hornsey and Pat Taylor (Image: Rick Byrne)

All residents who are concerned are invited to attend the meeting at Scartho Library from 12.30pm on Saturday, October 7.

The meeting will offer a chance to lodge their objections to their ward councillor as local MP. Residents will also be encouraged to get involved with RAGS, who are looking to seek financial support to bolster their campaign trail.

The proposed development is the latest in a long line of planning applications for developments in and around Waltham, and the village's parish council has asked NELC to reject the plans.

Developers want to build on a 3.3 hectare piece of land in Scartho, which actually comes under Waltham Parish Council authority, and relates to a triangular section of field that borders Emfield Road.

It is currently used as farmland, and Snape Properties are hopeful that council planners will view their desire to provide suitable housing for an ageing population favourably.

North East Lincolnshire Council is yet to make a decision on the application.

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