77 homes on land near Quibell Park set to be given go-ahead despite protests from residents

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Feb 2019

Plans to build 77 houses on land near Quibell Park are likely to be given the go-ahead despite protests from residents and calls from Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin for the project to be thrown out.

The proposal has attracted strong objections from campaigners who want to see the green space preserved.

Mr Dakin has also called on councillors to refuse permission for the homes to be built on the land, off Dartmouth Road.

North Lincolnshire Council officers have recommended that the plan is given the green light at a planning committee meeting this week.

The development, which would include a mixture of two to four-bedroom homes, would take place on the playing field south of Quibell Park Stadium.

The field is currently used by dog walkers, as well as for cross-country running events organised by Scunthorpe and District Athletics Club.

An artist's impression of the 77-home development earmarked for land near Quibell Park stadium in Scunthorpe (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)

Mr Dakin said: "There has been considerable concern from myself and local people over threats to our green, open communal spaces. The Conservative council has allowed for many planning applications to come forward. If these are all agreed to, there would few green spaces left in our community.

"The threat to the land north of Dartmouth Road, locally known as Quibell Fields, sparked a large petition by local people, and I also submitted a letter of objection to this development.

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"I am pleased to disclose that due to the pressure of local people, the planning application to build on Quibell Fields has now been taken to the planning committee.

"I really hope that the planning committee respects the concerns voiced by local people towards the proposed development and throws out this planning application."

Cheryl Hassall presenting a petition opposing the sale of land off Dartmouth Road in Scunthorpe (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

More than 50 letters of comment have been lodged by residents online, many of them concerned about the impact on traffic, loss of green spaces and drainage issues.

An objection to the development has also been lodged by Sport England.

Local resident Cheryl Hassall delivered the 2400-name petition protesting the sale of the land which was rejected.

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She said: "We're very concerned that the council isn't listening to our concerns. Seventy-seven new houses could lead to 140 extra cars which have to come out of a narrow road onto a double bend which also has a school on it.

I've been told that there have been near several misses when people are going in and out of the school, and this traffic will only make it worse.

"We're also concerned about the impact on flooding. People on Weymouth Crescent, which backs onto the field, have had their gardens flooded by a foot of water twice in the last few years. We're not confident the council have considered this.

Plans for the 77 house development on the land next to Quibell Park, Scunthorpe (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)
 "The application also says the field isn't used, but it's a perfectly flat, well maintained playing field which could be used for football, cricket or athletics. It's also used by dog walkers, and it would be a shame to use that."

Applicant Keigar Homes would be required to make contributions of over £500,000 to offset the effects to local education, leisure and recreation.

The contributions include £47,500 towards Quibell Park and £40,000 to another local Scunthorpe playground.

The application will be discussed by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee on Wednesday, February 13.  The meeting at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe is open to members of the public and begins at 2pm.

What residents have said about the Quibell Fields plans

Here is a selection of comments from letters submitted to the council during the consultation period:

Mr Cooke - "This may only look like a field, but before its descent in to dereliction it was a vibrant hub of local football. I fear that in the face of a national obesity crisis we should be providing people with more green spaces, not giving them away to the highest bidder."

Mr Broughton - "Can it be right that such a precious and dwindling green space such as this is concreted over just to satisfy the relatively insignificant benefit given with respect to the number of houses proposed?"

Mr Chapman - "The thought of 140 cars and maybe more, along with service vehicles such as bin lorries having only one way on or off the site is absolutely horrendous. The junction of Dartmouth Road and Plymouth Road is a bottleneck where traffic often comes to a complete standstill particularly at school start and finish times."

Mrs Yeadon - "I regret the potential loss of the green, open space which is a real asset to Scunthorpe and whcih, together with other nearby green spaces, are an important part of what makes Scunthorpe a welcoming Garden Town."

Mrs Hodge - "This is a local amenity and we do not feel it is right to be used for a housing development. Considering the number of schools disposing of playing fields these green spaces are essential for the general health, well being and fitness of the local children, adults and families."

Mr Soulby - "I see this as another loss of a valuable green area that children have used for generations."

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