1,500 new homes planned between Cleethorpes and New Waltham - and 250 more near Healing
FARMLAND between Cleethorpes and New Waltham has been earmarked for 1,500 new homes – with a further 250 or more houses planned to the west of Healing.
It comes exactly a week after the Grimsby Telegraph revealed 150 homes could be built on green field land on Humberson Road, Grimsby.
The two new plans are part of a bigger vision that could see more than 5,000 extra homes being built in the leafy villages surrounding Grimsby and Cleethorpes in the next 15 years.
A proposal for 1,500 homes on Weelsby Hall farmland, owned by Friends Life Assurance Ltd, is at the early "screening opinion" stage, which decides if an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed.
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Cyden Homes's plan for 250-plus homes near Healing passed that stage in January, with North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) confirming that an EIA was not necessary. Dave Logan, technical and planning director for Cyden Homes, confirmed that they plan to start a public consultation early next year and submit a formal planning application in the summer.
Now, there are fears that the countryside surrounding Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be destroyed – and villages will merge into towns – following a recent surge in development applications, particularly in the Humberston and New Waltham areas.
The Weelsby Hall plan covers 156 hectares bordering Humberston Road and Hewitt's Avenue, Humberston. At this stage, the planning application is for a "screening opinion" to determine whether or not an environmental impact assessment is needed on the land.
But Friends Life Assurance Ltd hopes to submit a formal application to North East Lincolnshire Council for a "mixed use urban extension" in the next couple of months.
If successful, the development would include 30,000 square metres for employment use – from bars and shops to a nursing home and even a primary school – and a number of community uses.
Speaking on behalf of the London-based insurance firm, Martin Herbert, a partner at property consultants Brown and Co, said: "We have a very broad view on the master plan and there is still an awful lot of work to do but we are leading up to at some stage making a planning application."
A first draft of the design has been drawn up but has not been made public because this is likely to change as the application progresses.
The Parkes family, who also have shares in the land and own Parkes Pick Your Own, have been in discussion with the consultants and are backing the proposal.
Boo Parkes said: "It is a user-friendly development and will bring vital jobs to the area. It isn't all houses; it will bring everything this area needs.
"There are a lot of builders in the area who are desperate to work. This will provide jobs during construction and once it is built."
As reported, residents of Humberston and New Waltham fear they are slowly losing their village identity as a number of major developments have been earmarked for the surrounding area.
These include: Keystone Development's 400 homes on Joseph Ogle Trust fields in Humberston Avenue, Millenium Park's 400 homes on 64-acres of farm land at the New Waltham end of Humberston, 200 homes by Carr and Carr Builders on land off Louth roundabout in New Waltham, 150 homes on Humberston Road, Grimsby, close to Love Lane Corner roundabout and 110 homes on the old Humberston Park Golf Course, off Scouts Lane.
The developers have discussed their plans with NELC and the highways department has raised concerns about the increased traffic it would bring to the area – which already has a Tesco superstore and retail park – however, ecological studies have ruled species like bats and water voles can be protected.
But that has done little to reassure residents living in the surrounding area.
The leader of Humberston campaign group Save Our Fields, Nikki Hale, said: "If this goes ahead, that is the end of the green belt between Cleethorpes, Humberston and New Waltham.
"The town is rotting at its core, we have so many deprived and derelict areas in the town centre but instead of addressing the issues there, it is much easier for developers to go around ripping up the countryside. There is a need for housing, but there are better ways of doing it than killing off our green fields."
A spokesman for Cyden Homes defended their plan in an area identified as having potential for development under NELC's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SCHLAA).
Mr Logan added: "The land to the west of Healing has been identified by the local authority for possible housing development as being strategically important in supporting the Humber Bank industries and the potential development of renewable energy industry to the north.
"The land in question will support some 250-plus homes on its expected yield and we will be consulting with the local parish council on the matter shortly.
"Cyden Homes has a long and successful history of development in the villages of Healing and Stallingborough and, as a local award-winning builder, fully understand the needs of the community."