Developers submit plans for 81 new Laceby homes - alongside 100 now being built

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Sep 2017

DEVELOPERS have put forward plans to build an 81-home estate in Laceby – directly next to a recently approved application for 100 homes.

If accepted, the large new estate would be built directly opposite Larkfleet Homes’ site for 100 new properties off Blyth Way.

As reported, in November last year the plans were approved despite objections from residents.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the development, on the edge of Laceby, after having granted outline permission for the development back in April. Developers Larkfleet Homes have already begun work at the site.

This new plan for yet more homes to be built in the village – put forward by London-based Heyhill Land – would see a range of two, three and four bedroom houses built on an area of farmland.

The development would be made up of detached and semi-detached houses, each of which would come with its own garden space and parking provision.

Developers would construct a public open space to the north of the development and would provide walking routes for residents and the wider community.

CODA Architects has submitted the planning application to North East Lincolnshire Council for consideration, and in a statement said its client’s aim is to offer a “high quality residential development” proposal which follows both local and national guidance on good design.

In tabling the scheme, the developers outline how Laceby offers a range of services including primary school, convenience store and community facilities, that are “easily and quickly accessible” from the development site.

The architects also said that a number of bus services are available from the centre of Laceby, which connect the village to surrounding area, and so add to the viability of the development.

Key details on how the new homes might look, their design and a final layout for the estate have not yet been revealed, and would follow in a full planning application if this outline application is given approval.

The applicant wants to avoid the use of cul-de-sacs or other street patterns which lead to “dead-ends”.

The company said it will aim to consider the visual setting of the development and design for both built form and landscape which minimises the impact of development proposal.

In consulting with residents, Heyhill has delivered 1,300 leaflets to households in Laceby and Aylesby. Only 65 responses were received and reflected a “mixed” response.

Villagers voiced concerns over the possible impact on highways, GP places and school places.

But the developers say the proposals will develop a “much-needed” boost for housing within North East Lincolnshire.

Privately-owned Heyhill, founded in 2015, has focused activity in the South East, with developments in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, featuring more than 400 houses with a development value of over £140 million.

It describes itself as "promoting greenfield land, brownfield sites and unused urban land and buildings to create 'shovel ready' development land for housebuilders and property developers", adding it does it by forming joint ventures with landowners, through promotion agreements or options. 

Heyhill takes on all planning costs at its own risk and is only remunerated when the site is sold to a developer. It typically looks for a small percentage of the sales price.

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