Huge plans to build 500 new homes in Immingham have been revealed
Land off Stallingborough Road, Immingham where there are plans to build 500 homes. (Image: Jon Corken)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Sep 2017
Huge plans to build some 500 homes in Immingham have been revealed.
The mammoth development, which would be built on Highfield Farm, Stallingborough Road if granted approval, would increase the town's population by more than 10 per cent.
The plans were disclosed after applicant, Brocklesby Estate, requested a formal screening opinion from North East Lincolnshire Council's planning department to determine whether the application will need an Environmental Impact Assessment.
"Given that Immingham is a town with a population of some 11,500, the proposed development represents a growth of about 10.5 per cent in the size of the town," said a report compiled by development consultants Ancer Spa.
"The location of the site adjoining existing residential dwellings in the town ensures that it will be seen as a logical extension and would not represent a significant urbanising of a non-urbanised area.
"The size of the development would not significantly change the character of the town."
Land off Stallingborough Road, Immingham where there are plans to build 500 homes
The report also states that the proposed development will largely comprise low-rise two and two-and-a-half storey dwellings, a feature which the developer says will mean the new homes are "not visually prominent".
News of the proposal comes as Immingham residents speak out against plans to build 116 homeson the site of the town's old Resource Centre on Margaret Street.
Some branded those plans as "unacceptable" and "beyond belief", stating that Immingham does not have the amenities cope with such a development.
The new plans, which have been published on North East Lincolnshire Council's website, say a net site area of 14.86 hectares are available for residential development. With a residential site density of between 30 and 35 dwellings per hectare, the realistic development capacity is 446 to 520 dwellings.
"The Sustainability Appraisal undertaken in 2014 for the emerging North East Lincolnshire Local Plan, with an updated version in 2016, considered that there are positive and negative effects of this level of development, but on balance the economic, housing and social benefits outweighed the minor negative environmental effects," the report adds.
Concerns have been raised by residents in recent weeks about the future risk of flooding in Immingham following the day in August when around a month's worth of rain fell within the space of just a few hours.
But Ancer Spa insist this new development of around 500 homes will pose a low risk of major flooding with "sustainable drainage proposals."
"The proposed development will incorporate a drainage system to ensure that run-off from the site does not increase and there is not an increase in an area that already has a low risk of flooding."