Country park to take shape on former Macaulay Lane tip in Grimsby?
OWNERS of land on and around the former Macaulay Lane tip are today preparing to submit two major planning applications for 250 homes and a country park.
Developers of the former Grimsby tip site will submit plans for the first time in December to transform part of it into a country park, and if given the green light, work is likely to start next year.
Soon afterwards, they will be applying for permission to build 250 homes on land next to it.
In theory, it is a renewal of plans already approved in 2002, 2007 and 2010, but permission for the latter will run out in January.
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However, it's the first time in the site's chequered history that a specific number of homes has been given in the submission.
Owners Istithimar P&O Estates Ltd (IPOE) then plan to sell the land on the open market to a residential developer.
They will hold an exhibition at Grimsby Auditorium on Tuesday where the plans will be shown to residents and interested parties as part of a consultation exercise.
The news comes as a separate plan for a further 400 homes in Humberston – separate to other planned developments in the village – was unveiled to New Waltham parish councillors last night.
Graham Corser, a director of IPOE, said of the Macaulay tip plan: "The purpose of this new application is to renew the existing permission. We then intend to sell the site on the open market to a residential developer.
"We are committed to ensuring the local community is properly consulted about our plans for the site prior to formally submitting a planning application.
"We are therefore holding a public exhibition to enable local residents and other interested parties to learn more about the proposal and make their views known to us."
The neighbouring former landfill site, where the country park would be, has a controversial past.
In 1997, it was earmarked as a possible location for a giant £30-million leisure complex, called Millennium Park, with a nine-screen cinema, restaurant, office space, nightclub and hotel, but although outline planning permission was granted at the time – which included provision for a country park – the scheme has been dogged by delays and legal wrangles, not least tests revealing traces of deadly substances such as ammonia and cyanide.
A separate application is to be submitted in respect of that issue, and a spokesman said: "The site will be appropriately remediated to the satisfaction of the local authority and Environment Agency as part of the works."
The work will be carried out by Millennium Park (Grimsby) Ltd, which is part of IPOE.
There was a fear that the chemicals could have seeped onto the adjoining land, earmarked for the homes, but those fears were allayed by a scientific study a few years ago.
The six-hectare site consists of a former school field and allotments, vacated when plot holders lost a court battle against eviction in 2001.
The exhibition will be held on Tuesday, between 2pm and 8pm.
Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph for further details of the country park plan as they become available – and see your newspaper tomorrow for more on the separate plan for a further 400 homes in Humberston.