New Waltham Parish Council vice-chairman criticises plan for 400 homes on farmland
"I DO not like it at all and you can call me a NIMBY if you like."
These were the words of the vice-chairman of New Waltham Parish Council, George Baker, after plans for a major housing development were revealed.
As reported, Millennium Park will be a development of up to 400 homes on 64 acres of farmland off Humberston Avenue, near New Waltham.
Councillor Baker added: "We have an awful lot of brownfield sites near Grimsby and I don't like green land like this being used for housing.
"We do not have the infrastructure here to support all the people that will come with a development like this and the others in the area. The buffer zone between the villages will be built on in my lifetime but I don't like it."
Millennium Park is adjacent to another development planned on the old Humberston Park Golf Course off Scouts Lane, earmarked for 110 new buildings.
Councillor David Raper said: "I arrived here 23 years ago and we were a village but now we are like a town.
"A total of 400 new houses will mean 400 new vehicles in the area if not 600 with people often having more than one car. I don't know if we can deal with that."
As reported, news of Millennium Park comes as residents wait anxiously to hear if Keystone Developments' application to build 400 homes further up the road is granted planning permission.
Councillor Malcolm Willey added: "There are going to be more than 1,000 new houses in the area with this new development. The infrastructure is not here for that number. I think they should sort the infrastructure out and then talk about it."
Some of the councillors believe the wider community should have a say.
Councillor Lisa Gibson said: "This issue goes wider than us around the table. We should let the people of New Waltham have a say.
"I think we need to get on-board with this and work with the developers and tell them what we want because it will happen anyway.
"The likelihood is we are not going to get what we want but there is a lack of a certain type of housing here and that does need looking at. Residents and members of the public can make their views heard by posting on the New Waltham Community Facebook page."
The presentation was made by head planning consultant for Millennium Park, Andy Gutherson.
He said: "North East Lincolnshire is projected to have its population increased to 166,000 by the year 2026 and as a result of this housing strategy has been brought forward.
"In the past North East Lincolnshire has failed to meet housing targets and the council is encouraging housing in this area and we are responding to that. The land owner is serious about working with the community.
"We are hoping to put in a planning application in the spring and we want to engage in a dialogue."
About 30 acres of the site will be put to community use, which could include a new school.
The development will be presented to Humberston parish councillors at a meeting on September 17.
What do you think about the plan to build on green sites? See editor Michelle Lalor's thoughts on the Viewpoint pages, and online at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, and join in the debate by sharing your views.