Campaigners call for 66 homes plan in Waltham to be thrown out

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 14 Aug 2017

Campaigners are calling for council planners to shelve controversial plans to build 66 homes on the edge of Waltham.

To date planning permission has been granted for more than 200 properties to built in and around the village, with proposals on the table for more than another 600.

And Waltham villagers are saying that enough is enough, and a campaign group made up of objectors is appealing to North East Lincolnshire's planning committee to throw out an outline planning application to build 66 more homes on land off Bradley Road, Waltham.

Members of the Waltham Resident's Action Group (WRAG) have backed up complaints from residents by saying that the council is refusing to listen to how locals feel.

Councillors who sit on the committee will have the definitive say on whether or not the huge plans for the new estate, put forward by Ross Davy Associates, will be allowed to go ahead.

Green fields on Bradley Road, Waltham, where developers hope to build 66 houses. (Image: Rick Byrne)

As reported, the contentious application has been recommended for approval by council officers despite fierce objections from residents and the parish council.

Planning officers say the development should be given the green light because they say it would boost economic growth in the area and that the "substantial benefits arising from the development outweigh the impacts."

However, residents of Waltham have been vociferous in their opposition to the plans, claiming the extra homes will will have "a huge impact on the already stretched Waltham amenities such as parking, traffic, healthcare and school places."

But WRAG campaigner Keith Smith claims the development is "unsustainable" and that the council should not be looking to build homes on greenfield sites.

He said: "We are disappointed with the planning department's decision to recommend it for approval. It's clear that they are not listening to residents or considering objections.

"The council has no right to promote greenfield sites. There's no way due to its location that it would be sustainable.

"Planners commented on wanting to encourage economic growth but we are in a crazy situation where economic growth could compromise the safety and well-being of local residents."

A basic outline of how the new homes would look, in context of the village of Waltham

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Keith went on to explain how Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers is supportive of WRAG's motives, as is Waltham parish councillor, Phillip Jackson.

Barnoldby Le Beck Parish Council has also recommended refusal of this application.

In drawing on personal experience for when development plans have been met with strong opposition, councillor Jackson is asking the planning committee to send the plans back to the drawing board.

He said: "I was surprised when it was recommended for approval because personally I thought it had died a death. I was disappointed I have to say.

"The planning committee do tend to listen to public opposition and I know a huge number of letters of complaints have been lodged.

"I want it to be scrapped full stop. We have more than enough happening in Waltham already.

"We should be focusing on regenerating the brownfield belt that is genuinely sustainable."

But despite the strong opposition from all sides, planning officers say the proposal, which has been amended after they were first submitted, should be given the green light indefinitely.

The planning document states: "Approval of such housing sites to help meet a deficit in the acknowledged five-year housing supply figures has been brought into further sharp focus with the recent publication of the Housing White Paper. There is now even greater government emphasis on councils approving housing schemes such as this."



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