Town mayor says 'pitiful' council defence is the reason housing development got the go ahead

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

A TOWN mayor has claimed a hotly contested development might not have been given the go-ahead had North Lincolnshire Council more robustly voiced the views of the community.

Paul McCartan has said he is “disappointed but not surprised” Keigar Homes has been given permission to build 135 new houses on North Street and Cemetery Road in Winterton after North Lincolnshire Council gave a “pitiful” defence as to why the development should not be built at a public inquiry.

The development has been objected to on the grounds of traffic, noise, wildlife and potential damage to archaeological remains and access problems.

And North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee refused outline planning permission in July 2016, ruling it to be outside the defined development limit for Winterton.

But following an appeal by Keigar Homes to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, Mr McCartan said those concerns weren’t properly emphasised at the public inquiry by the council.

“North Lincolnshire Council’s defence was pitiful,” he said.

“Why did they ignore all the reasons that would have strengthened their hand?

“We are against this development because of the building line but there are other areas in Winterton that could be developed.”

He claimed that as a result of the council’s defence, the residents’ objections were not given enough weight and Keigar Homes were found to be more “thorough and persuasive” in their arguments by the inspector.

He added that one positive aspect of the campaign was that Winterton had “come together” to fight the development but said he was “disappointed” they had been “ignored”.

However, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, said that “every resource” had been used to defend the planning committee’s decision to refuse the application.

He said: “Mr McCartan is trying to spin himself out of the real failings which lie with Winterton Town Council, whilst at the same time attempting to treat local residents as fools.

“It is a fact that North Lincolnshire Council consistently defended the decision of the council’s planning committee to refuse this application. “Every resource and defence was deployed to support the planning committee’s decision.

“It is also a fact that Winterton Town Council has consistently avoided producing a neighbourhood plan.

“This could and would have afforded protection to this site and would have supported a legitimate reason for refusal of this development.

“We have been trying to get them to re-engage with us on this, however, they clearly don't see this as a priority. “Sadly under Mr McCartan’s leadership Winterton Town Council has consistently failed to produce their own development plan for Winterton, leaving residents without the defence they need against this and many other inappropriate developments.

“Only he can address his conscience on this.”



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