Controversial plans for 66 homes in Barnoldby-le-Beck narrowly approved
Green fields on Bradley Road, Waltham, where developers hope to build 66 houses. (Image: Rick Byrne)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Aug 2017
Controversial plans for 66 new homes in Barnoldby-le-Beck have been granted initial approval by the council, despite objections from local residents and councillors.
The proposed development, for land off Bradley Road, was granted outline planning permission at a meeting of the North East Lincolnshire Council planning department yesterday, by a very narrow margin, with the committee's chair having to approve the plans after two tied votes.
It will still require full planning permission at a later stage.
Local residents, councillors and the parish council came out strongly against the development, which they felt would increase a number of problems that the area already faces, such as heavy traffic in the village, road safety, a lack of school places and loss of green space, with some even raising concerns over what effect the development would have on the local drainage systems.
Faye Craven, a representative of local residents, told the meeting: "I am here today to urge the refusal of this application on a number of grounds.
"Firstly there are a few special issues with regards to the access point proposed on Bradley Road, given that there is already a high incident rate of traffic collisions on the road, which has just recently been classed by police as one of the top ten most dangerous roads in the area.
Concerned at plans for 66 new homes off Bradley Road, Waltham, from left, Councillor Phillip Jackson, John Giles, and Keith Smith from Waltham Residents Action Group
"Given that traffic is already an issue, this new development will only further add to this, as our studies have shown a possible increase of 346 vehicle trips per day if it were to go ahead.
"We also have concerns over the effect on the drainage system that this development could have, especially considering the Barnoldby Road flooding that occurred a few years ago, any additional water going into the system could risk further flooding."
A representative from Barnoldby Parish Council and Councillor David Hasthorpe also raised concerns about what effect the development would have on the village, citing the heavy traffic congestion the area has, along with the lack of school places, noting that all nearby schools are full to capacity, and despite the developer offering contributions towards the education provision in the area, they felt new schools are what is needed, not a contribution to education.
Ross Davis spoke on behalf of the developer saying: "We feel that we have addressed the many issues of the residents, and the principle of the development should be approved given that the site has been approved in the local plan.
"There have been no issues raised by the highways department about the impact the development would have on the road, and there are plans to move the 30mph speed limit, 200 metres further up the road.
"We are also making a £146,000 contribution to the local primary school provision, as well as £169,000 to the secondary, and will even contribute £36,000 to the creation of a dual-use cycle lane along Bradley Road."
Councillors on the Planning Committee were divided on whether or not to approve the proposals, coming to a tie twice on the final vote.
Councillors Iain Colquhoun and Stephen Harness were two of the councillors that opposed the development, feeling that the resident and parish council objections should be adhered to as they are the people who know the area best.
Mr Colquhoun said: "When many people think of Bradley Road they instantly think of the dangerous bends in the road, and it is widely known for the accidents that take place there, even the police have said it's dangerous.
"While the officers and experts may have said there is no issue with the traffic, that is the reason we have this committee, to question the opinion of the experts, and while I may not be qualified to offer up valid solutions to the problem, I can see the negative effect this development could have on Bradley Road, especially at peak times."
However other councillors, such as Henry Hudson and Cliff Barber felt that as the land had been allocated in the Local Plan, it should be approved, or else what is the point in developing the local plan, they asked.
Mr Hudson said: "We have finally put together the Local Plan now, and it would not seem to make sense to say no to this development if it is in it, given that it will most likely be approved on appeal.
"Highways have not raised any objection, and the extension of the 30mph speed limit should make the road safer, and I feel there is just not enough reason to say no to this."