Controversial plans for 400 homes at Toll Bar APPROVED on appeal

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Nov 2017

Controversial plans to build 400 homes at land off Toll Bar roundabout have now been approved following an appeal.

Earlier in March of this year Monmouth Properties had put in a planning application for a 400 home development off Louth Road and Station Road in New Waltham, that was rejected by the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee.

The application also included a number of highway improvement works, and a 33 car school drop-off point for the nearby Tollbar Academy.

The move comes amid continued controversy over major changes to the road junction at Toll Bar roundabout which has triggered widespread concern and criticism from Academy governors.

Site location of the 400 home development off Louth Road, New Waltham.

However, at the time committee members felt that the application did not provide enough assurances of road safety for children using the nearby school as the school drop-off point was deemed to not be adequate enough and would still cause a danger to children, who would have to cross the busy Station Road.

Now following an appeal through the planning inspectorate the development has now been approved.

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Humberston and New Waltham Conservative Councillor Stan Shreeve has expressed his disappointment that this decision has now been approved on appeal, but hopes that measures will be made to ensure the safety of local children as it goes ahead.

He said: "I am very disappointed with the appeal decision, and I do not think that enough weight has been given with regards to the safety of local school children who reguarly use the roads near to the site, along with the added congestion that this development will now bring.

An artists impression fro the 400 home development.

"However while the decision has now been made, I hope that the developers will act in as sensitive a matter as possible so that no unnecessary danger will be brought to the school children."

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Monmouth Properties has previously stated that at least 80 of the properties proposed will be allocated for affordable housing, and had reached an agreement with Tollbar Academy that construction access to the site will only occur via Louth Road, in order to ease traffic pressures on those going to and from the school.

An artists impression fro the 400 home development.

Negotiations with North East Lincolnshire Council highways officers has seen the applicant originally agree to put nearly £600,000 forward for highway improvements, which would include £110,000 for Toll Bar roundabout junction improvements.

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However, the future of the Toll Bar roundabout re-development has been called into question, as the council has put a pause on its plans to begin work on installing a signalised junction that would replace the roundabout.

Toll Bar roundabout. (Image: Duncan Young)

A special meeting of North East Lincolnshire Full Council has also been scheduled for next Thursday, where local councillors are calling for the "abandonment" of the redevelopment altogether.

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