Plans for 400 new homes off Humberston Avenue
DEVELOPERS have announced plans for a third major housing development off Humberston Avenue – a further 400 homes at the New Waltham end of the parish.
Plans for Millennium Park – a 400-home development on 64-acres of farmland off Humberston Avenue – were unveiled to New Waltham Parish Council during a public meeting last night.
It comes as developers of land on Grimsby's Macaulay Lane announced intentions to submit plans for 250 homes and a country park.
News of Millennium Park comes as residents wait anxiously to hear if the heavily-opposed Keystone Developments application to build 400 homes further up the road is granted planning permission, as reported – a decision already overdue.
Millennium Park is adjacent to another development planned on the old Humberston Park Golf Course, off Scouts Lane, earmarked for 110 new buildings. Public consultation for the Humberston Par Three development have been held with Jonathan Hendry's Architects, but the developers have not yet sought formal planning permission.
Plans are expected to be unpopular, given that the Keystone Developments proposal has run into heavy local opposition from residents, prompting the formation of campaign group Save Our Fields. However, Andy Gutherson, head planning consultant for Millennium Park, said that its key message to residents was clear – "you will be listened to".
"We hope that residents will take this opportunity to engage with us so that we can shape this development according to their expectations," said Mr Gutherson.
But while he said they were "open to suggestions" and working with a "blank canvas", he also indicated that objections to any development at all might not be so readily taken on board.
"We would steer people towards the council's regeneration plan which indicates that new housing is needed and New Waltham and Humberston are expected to provide that."
The planners claim that the development will be "exclusively" designed to be in keeping with the Humberston Avenue surroundings – although it will not be visible from the road.
Mr Gutherson said that there will be some affordable housing built on the site, although the mix has not been decided.
Initial plans include 12,500 hedge plants, 2,500 trees, 1,000 daffodil bulbs, 11 acres covered with grass and wild flowers and two lakes covering a total of one-and-a-half acres.
The developers are already working with North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) to ensure that any concerns over drainage and road safety are met – issues brought up by residents in opposition to the Keystone development.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, said: "Whilst we can't comment on this specific site, the council often works with developers to help them understand the issues they need to consider before they make a planning application.
"As part of this 'pre-application' work, we always recommend that developers first speak with the local community, and that they take on board any concerns and issues that get raised."
The plans will go before Humberston Parish Council at 7pm on Monday, September 17, at Wendover Hall on Wendover Lane.
See tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph for residents' reaction to these latest plans.