Population to double with approval of 'new village' with nearly 850 new homes
Air view thanks to the help of The Pom Flying Club Ltd, based at Humberside Airport. Scartho Top housing development, with the Nunsthorpe Estate to the top. Woodlands Primary School is just up from the centre of the picture. (Image: Rick Byrne)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Nov 2017
Plans for a massive new housing estate with nearly 850 new homes in Grimsby which will almost double the size of Scartho Top have been approved.
Land owned by the Brocklesby Estate will now be developed to transform the site into a village and include a school, shop, park and new bus service.
North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee backed the plan by the Brocklesby Estate and Cyden Homes to build 845 new houses which will become home to around 2,000 more people.
The road to nowhere as Matthew Telford Park stops before the expanse of agricultural land.
The new housing estate will be a mile long from end-to-end and continue Matthew Telford Park into existing agricultural land.
It will link with Meadow Drive in the south and Fenwick Road in the north through to Springfield Road.
Councillors heard the plan meets the strategic responsibility to build thousands of new homes in North East Lincolnshire and the growing demand for new homes.
There will be a new entrance to the 2,100-home estate off Springfield Road. There are already 1,255 homes on Scartho Top.
But councillors said traffic congestion continued to be a problem for current residents on Scartho Top, let alone the prospective residents.
Councillors were told there will be green spaces to segregate the current homes from the planned new houses minimising the impact on existing residents, councillors heard.
Some will include apartment blocks.
The vision of a new village on Scartho Top was first conceived in the 1980s and permission for the housing estate was first granted in 1994.
For the Brockelsby Estate, Keith Webster said the new estate will be built by 2032, mostly by Cyden Homes.
He said the mix of styles will provide prospective buyers with “a good level of choice.”
He said the apartment blocks, initially designed to be on three storeys had been reduced to two-storey blocks to avoid any over-looking.
He added a new bus service through the estate was viable.
Mr Webster said there was already interest for a new school.
He said: “It will be a sustainable neighbourhood and an attractive place to live.”
Councillor Matthew Brown, Lab Croft Baker, said: “I have grave concerns over the issue of traffic. On Scartho Road there is gridlock and the bus service is a problem. I am concerned about the environmental impact of traffic not moving.”
Councillor Ian Lindley, Con Scartho said: “I welcome the continuation of Matthew Telford Park as the road just comes to a halt and looks as if the developer had packed up and gone.
Scartho Top Development
“I am concerned about traffic and Springfield Road is not going to relieve the congestion. Many residents are asking why the link road can’t go on to Bradley Road. But that land is not owned by the council or the developer.”
He told councillors there is already an application with the Department for Education for a Free School on the planned new site. Both Tollbar Multi-Academy Trust and Healing Multi-Academy Trust have announced plans for a free school in Scartho.
Councillor Janet Goodwin, Lab South, said: “People were promised a school, a convenience store and a park but none of these are there. There are a lot of promises that have still not been fulfilled and all they have is one post box.”
Councillor Stan Shreeve, Con, Humberston and New Waltham said: “We are developing an environment, not a community. That is going to mean 2,000 people without access to facilities. They need to be modified and they need to enhance them.”
Assistant development management officer, Martin Dixon told the committee the application was a reserved matter which already had outline planning permission and met the housing needs of the borough.
He reminded councillors of Peaks Parkway which was built in 1998 to help the Scartho Top development to occur.
Objecting to the application, Springfield Road resident, Barbara Horsfall said there was already "an accident waiting to happen" on her street.
Matthew Telford Park, which runs through Scartho Top
"You take your life in your hands trying to get across the road for the doctors' surgery. Springfield Road cannot take anymore," she said.
She recommended linking the estate with Bradley Road and building a doctors' surgery on the new estate.
Stephen White, of Springfield Road wrote in objection and said the road was never built for the volume of traffic. "This bend/junction should have been a mini-roundabout years ago to help calm traffic. This extra traffic will add to the peak time gridlock at the Springfield Road, Waltham Road junction and Scartho Road."
Kevin Newton, of Springfield Road said: "This area has been classed as a village for many years, not an extension to Grimsby. Scartho is losing its village status rapidly."
Anne Treacher, of Brookfield Road complained there is no park on the estate which failed to meet the health and well-being of all ages of the community.