Decision deferred on 145 new homes in Immingham after concerns over flooding and access

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Apr 2019

A final decision on whether a 145-home development in Immingham can go ahead has been deferred after concerns were raised about potential flood risk and emergency service access.

Members of North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee have discussed plans for the development on land off Habrough Fields and Pilgrims Way in the town, which would consist of a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties.

The homes would make up the second phase of the recently built Habrough Fields development, which would also provide access to the site.

The developer, Peter Ward, said his company had worked to create a plan for the area that would be suitable for the large amount of homes, while also alleviating any flood risk. Homes in Habrough Fields suffered flood damage in 2017 following a bout of heavy rain.

Speaking at a planning committee meeting this morning, Mr Ward said: "The primary issues regarding this development have been drainage and emergency service access and we have developed this application in accordance with the council's ethos and it will have a sustainable urban drainage system in place, along with lagoons to capture any surface water and flood basins.

A 3D artists impression of the proposed development near the Habrough Fields estate in immingham

"We are also planning a £400,000 contribution to the local primary education provision."

More than 140 objections to the development were lodged with the council, with the primary concern being the flood risk that it could create, after the newly built Habrough Fields properties flooded two years ago.

Concerns were also raised over the proposed emergency access to the site, which will be off Mill Road, with a lockable bollard system being used to prevent other vehicles from using the entrance.

Two local residents spoke out against the proposals at the planning committee meeting, saying they felt the drainage provision in the plans was not good enough and would create a flood risk in nearby streets.

They also felt the proposed lagoons to capture surface water would become a magnet for mosquitoes and other vermin, while also becoming a health and safety risk to local children when full of water.

However, the developer stressed that the surface water lagoons are designed to be dry most of the time.

The entrance to the Habrough Fields estate after previous flooding

The residents called for councillors to undertake a site visit to see the potential flood risks for themselves.

Immingham councillors David Bolton and Stewart Swinburn also spoke out against the creation of the 145 homes, highlighting three key issues of surface water flooding, emergency service access and there only being one access road to the site.

Councillor Bolton said: "With there being only one access road to the site, Habrough Road, it creates future health and safety concerns for me due to the increased numbers of vehicles that will be using the road. Already there are 500 cars a day using it, which would be increased by at least 200 if this development were to go ahead.

"This will further increase by hundreds of vehicles when the families living on the estate grow up and there is even more people using the road."

Flooding on the Habrough Fields estate in Immingham following heavy rain in 2017

Councillor Swinburn raised concerns over Mill Lane being the access point for emergency services, saying it was a narrow country lane that could not handle large vehicles such as fire engines.

Members of the planning committee said they understood the feelings of local residents and felt it was only right that they visited the site with a drainage specialist before coming to a final decision. They voted unanimously to do so.

A final decision on whether the project can proceed is now set to be made at the next planning committee meeting on Wednesday, May 1, at Grimsby Town Hall.

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