Row rumbles on over Lidl & pub plans for North Lincolnshire field

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Apr 2017

THE row over development on Barton's Top Field is rumbling on as campaigners promise they will "fight on" - despite the council leader pledging to drop housing from the plans.

North Lincolnshire Council previously applied for outline planning permission for a new supermarket, pub and up to 70 homes on the Ferriby Road site.

Supermarket chain Lidl is also looking to build a new store on the site, replacing its current store in Barton town centre.

Pressure from the Top Field Action Group has led to the local authority coming up with a "compromise" and a "revised plan" – by removing the 70 new homes from the plan.

Council leader Rob Waltham met with Barton Town Council and the action group on Wednesday night (April 5).

Pictured above is a revised plan for the Top Field site.

Responding to the news, Monty Martin, from the Top Field Action Group, said: "Lidl's plans never included housing. North Lincolnshire Council realises now that it did not designate housing on Top Field in its Planning Strategy and made a mistake when it put housing in its own flawed design.

"Rob Waltham still won't face the fact that selling an open space is illegal without public consultation and we have sent our papers to counsel.

"We fight on and are not prepared for Lidl's profits to be put first before the people."

Responding, Councillor Waltham said he was "disappointed" in Mr Martin's response but was "continuing" to listen to the concerns of residents.

"Housing was featured in the outline plan for the site, now, as part of a compromise, having listened to local people, we have withdrawn any potential housing development and ensured that over 3.5 acres of land can now be secured in local public ownership for generations to come, along with 11.9 hectares of woodland secured as a nature reserve for residents in the town," he said.

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