Contentious 66 homes plan in Waltham recommended for approval - despite strong opposition

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Controversial plans to build up to 66 homes in Waltham have been recommended for approval, despite fierce objections from residents and the parish council.

The proposals, which would see the dwellings built on land off Bradley Road, will be considered by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee next Wednesday (August 16).

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."

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In a letter sent by Waltham Parish Council voicing their concerns over the proposals, it reads: "Waltham Parish Council still understands that more homes are required to be built within the borough but feel that the proposed development of 66 homes in the village of Barnoldby-le-Beck on land that borders Waltham village will have a massive impact on the services and infrastructure within Waltham.

"A development of this size does not appear to grant any significant benefit Waltham villages infrastructure or road safety."

Chairman of Waltham Parish Council Martin Archer

Woodhall Drive resident, Paul Bryan, wrote on the council's planning website: "As I am a resident of Waltham for more than 20 years, I think I know a little about the village and the congestion problems we already have on the roads through the village.

"At school leaving times you have hundreds of cars inching through the village chucking out exhaust fumes as the kids and parents leave school. If you build more houses, each house will have on average one to two cars all needing access to the village."

Bradley Road resident, Tammy Kitchen, added: "The road and indeed the village of Barnoldby Le Beck cannot take such an increase of vehicle use. Residents are warning of this development being an accident waiting to happen."

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

But despite the strong opposition, planning officers say the proposal, which has been amended after they were first submitted, should be granted approval.

The planning document states: "In considering the planning balance in more detail it is necessary to consider the economic, social and environmental roles of achieving sustainable development.

"It is self evident that the proposed development would create or retain employment in the building and allied trades. The proposal would assist in supporting the council's aspirations for economic growth by providing housing provision."

It adds: "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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