Plans to build traditional farm homes in Brigsley won't ruin the countryside, says landowner
THE landowner behind plans to build six new homes in Brigsley has hit back at criticism that it will not suit the character of the quaint village.
Ross Davy Associates, the designers and agents representing site owner, Paul Hansen, argue that plans to build the "traditional Lincolnshire Farmstead" at the Mushroom Farm at The Strands, in Brigsley, are a "valid approach" to building on the land.
As reported, residents fear the development – which is surrounded by six large detached houses – could lead to flooding and traffic problems, as well as ruining the character of the village.
But Mr Ross Davy told the Grimsby Telegraph they believe it is better to build on already developed sites rather than "encroach into the green countryside".
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He said: "Both North East Lincolnshire Council's planning department and conservation officer have agreed the principle of a Farmstead, to include a main farm house and associated barns, was a valid approach given the site's semi-rural location.
"The site falls within the development edge of Brigsley and is not rural land. It is surely preferable to allow development on these previously-developed sites ahead of encroaching into the green open countryside."
Planning bosses rejected plans for the land in 2006, which included four large detached Tudor houses. Mr Hansen appealed but lost.
He now admits these were "out of character" for the village, and hopes the replica-barn design will be more favourable.
If given the go-ahead, they will demolish the existing bungalow, and build one four bedroomed two-storey barn and five single-story two and three bedroom bungalows that replicate converted barns.
Mr Davy continued: "Other than the two-storey barn at the site entrance and the main farmhouse, all other structures are single storey, so there will be no loss of light or privacy resulting from the development.
"We hope this image serves to better illustrate the authentic approach to scale and detailing which has played a major part in discussions with the council.
"Apart from the main farmhouse, the development includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom dwellings, mainly single storey, which would contribute significantly to a local need."
Simon Dixon, chairman of Brigsley Parish Council, did not want to comment.