Plans for 400 new homes in Humberston Avenue resubmitted
CAMPAIGNERS are preparing to fight once more as rejected plans for 400 homes in Humberston Avenue have been resubmitted.
Members of the Save Our Fields (SOF) action group are urging residents to object to Keystone Developments' second outline application to build on four fields opposite Humberston Academy.
They believe "nothing has changed" from the original plans for the retirement and affordable housing, which North East Lincolnshire Council refused in November.
NELC's planning committee last threw out the application because: the site is outside the council's Local Plan development boundary; the road network is at capacity; it is not sustainable because of a lack of nearby shops; and there is no need for this amount of new housing in North East Lincolnshire.
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Keystone refused to comment, but the main changes in the new application appear to be the separation of the retirement village from family homes.
SOF spokesperson Nikki Hale said: "I cannot see anything different. There are still 400 houses and it will cause the same problems.
"We are overcrowded as it is in Humberston, traffic is a major problem, there just isn't the infrastructure. It is not just ridiculous to build here, it is dangerous."
It is one of three developments for the Avenue, including Millennium Park's 400-home plan and Par Three's 121-homes earmarked for the former golf course.
Resident Lee Scargall slammed the resubmission as a "waste of time and resources".
He added: "It is an insult to Humberston people and NELC's planning committee. There have been no changes to the circumstances of reasons given for their rejection.
"To reconsider this is a gross waste of NELC's time and resources, funded through our council tax fees.
"I want this application rejected again at the earliest possibility with all costs incurred by NELC to be recovered from Keystone."
Fellow resident David Mann, managing director of Patteson's Glass Ltd and Patteson's Pickles Ltd, added: "I don't usually voice my opinions but I am sick of this rearing its head. We are overcrowded now, schools are already full and there are too many traffic problems to mention."
The development will be a key issue in the upcoming Humberston ward election to replace late Councillor John Colebrook on April 4.
NELC's Special Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Panel will meet to discuss housing targets next Tuesday.
Nikki added: "If people still feel as strongly as they did before, now is the time to step up to the plate yet again."