New homes on meadows site given go-ahead despite objections over loss of wildlife

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2018

Plans for 14 new homes have been given the green light despite fears being raised about a possible loss of wildlife.

A planning application from Keigar Homes to build 14 new homes with associated garaging, driveways, new access road and creation of a pond and open space area on land north of Front Street in Ulceby was discussed by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee this afternoon.

The officer recommendation to councillors on the committee was to grant permission subject to the completion of a planning agreement for community benefit and a site visit had been carried out.

But village residents spoke out against the plan, saying it could have an adverse effect on wildlife in the area.

Speaking at the meeting, resident Paul Bolton, who has lived in Ulceby for nine years, said: "I do not object to new housing developments. I do object to this proposal as it will result in loss of wildlife.

"If this proposal goes ahead, we will lose 80 per cent of the designated Ulceby Meadows site."


Another view of the planned Keigar Homes development, earmarked for land north of Front Street in Ulceby

Mr Bolton said there are concerns over the protection of hedgehogs on the site.

He said: "This special piece of land is nature’s home. We have also seen newts, field mice, frogs, bats and a number of birds."

Mr Bolton said this application is looking at "destroying a true natural habitat in the village".

He also raised concerns over flooding and sewerage issues.

Joanne Deighton, from Cherry Cottage Wildlife Rescue, said: "My objection is based on the destruction to the immediate wildlife.

"The plight of the hedgehog in Britain seems to be worsening."

Garry Whall, director of Keigar Homes, said: "These homes will be a mixture of three to five bedrooms providing much-needed housing in the village."

Mr Whall said the company was addressing the wildlife and flooding concerns and would also be contributing to North Lincolnshire through the section 106 agreement.


Keigar Homes bosses say the development in Ulceby will provide much-needed new housing

Ward member Councillor Richard Hannigan said drainage and sewerage is a problem in Ulceby.

Councillor David Wells raised concerns over improvements to the foul water system not being carried out.Anglian Water said this would take place in July next year.

Councillor Sandra Bainbridge said: "I think we have to accept the the reassurances from statutory agencies with the water and drainage system."

And Councillor John Davison said: "From the site visit, I saw an unkempt and overgrown meadow.“Development needs to take place."

Eight councillors voted for permission to be granted, with Councillor Wells voting against it.



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