Council urged to 'stand up for residents' views' on plans for 400 homes off Humberston Avenue
CLEETHORPES’ MP has urged the council to “stand up for the views of residents” at a meeting where angry residents discussed the newest plans for 400 homes proposed off Humberston Avenue.
Martin Vickers spoke out against North East Lincolnshire Council amid public fury over up to 910 homes on three different developments – 400 from Keystone Developments, 400 in Millennium Park and 110 on the old Humberston Park golf course.
The Conservative MP and former councillor claimed he has recently warned council leader Chris Shaw that he needed to “rethink” the policy that the area’s housing needs could be met by developments in the Humberston and New Waltham areas.
Instead, he said, they should look to the 2,500 homes planned for Scartho Top which are approved but not yet built.
Mr Vickers, speaking at this week’s Humberston Parish Council, added: “When I was a councillor, it was my understanding that approving Scartho Top would meet our housing needs for some time. However, it is only about one third finished the council is looking at greenfield sites.
“New Government legislation has given councils more control on housing policy and should be used as an excuse for a rethink. They need to stand up for the views of residents – many of whom are opposed to the development of these areas.”
In his defence, Councillor Shaw said that the policy of the coalition Government – of which Vickers is an MP – “entices” developers to build. He added: “If developers buy land in desirable areas like New Waltham or Humberston, all we can do is carry out Government policy.
The consultation is at New Waltham Village Hall, in Station Road, from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 27.