Drainage concerns halt plans for six-home development in North Lincolnshire village

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Oct 2017

Concerns over sewage has halted plans for a six home development on a site in Messingham.

Councillors have voted to reject the proposals, earmarked for land north of Thistle Downe, Scotter Road.

The application received 39 letters of objection and the site was visited by councillors after the scheme was first discussed by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee last month.

Speaking at the latest planning committee meeting, Messingham resident Ian Till said there were concerns in the area over the current sewage system at the site.

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He added that residents do not object to any development on the site, but said there was a concern about drainage.

The site of the proposed six home development on Scotter Road, Messingham.

Councillor Trevor Foster, ward member for Messingham, said that the plans need to be appropriate for the site.

"The plans need to be appropriate and within the development boundary," he said.

Confusion was raised at the committee meeting when a planning officer said a letter circulated by Severn Trent Water raising concerns about the sewerage system was not recognised by the firm.

The letter was raised by both Councillor Foster and Mr Till in their speeches to the committee.

However, Councillor John Davison, a member of the committee, said there were obviously concerns about sewage at the site.

"I think it is clear that this is a site for development," he said.

"However, I think that the concern over sewage is serious.

"We need to see some positive progress on drainage before we can give planning permission."

The planning committee refused permission for the development.

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