Developers defend 'unique' plan to build 59 bungalows between Scartho and Waltham

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Oct 2017

The developer behind plans to build 59 bungalows between Scartho and Waltham has hit back at residents' accusations that the proposals are "ill thought out."

Architect Richard Likupe argued the development, situated on land off Torbay Drive, would enhance the area - providing "life-time" properties suitable for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Snape Properties also wants to help to address the shortage of new bungalows being built in the area.

But the proposals, which are expected to be ready for North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee in the next couple of weeks, have been met with opposition from both existing residents and Waltham Parish Council, who have recommended the development is refused planning permission.

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The parish council argues that the relocation of part of the public open space detailed in plans "has now created another area of possible congregation, anti-social behaviour etc."

Joe Snape, architect technician at Snape Properties, said his company was keen to work with the local community, whichever decision the planning committee decides to make.

Snape Properties show their plans for 59 bungalows off Torbay Drive, Grimsby. (Image: Jon Corken)

"We have put a lot of hard time and effort into drawing up good a quality development. We want to work with communities, we don't want to fight against each other," he said.

"Whichever way it goes, we want to work constructively and look at possible ways of improving the plans with feedback from the local community.

"We have a good track record and we get on with it and build."

The 59 home development will consist of both three and two bed properties.

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The southern side of the plot will also be surrounded trees and foliage.

Richard Likupe, of Palmleaf Architects, described the development as "unique" in its design and explained how it would provide bungalows at a time when the construction of such builds was as low as one per cent.

"There are not many developers in the country that like to build bungalows," he said.

"This is a life time development and the concept is that when you buy one of these houses you do so with the intention that you're not going to move away.

"In 2014, a study showed that the percentage of new bungalows being built was one per cent, which was down from seven per cent in 1996.

"We know there is a need for bungalows, especially in this area where there is a high number of elderly people."

Snape Properties show their plans for 59 bungalows off Torbay Drive, Grimsby.

Mr Likupe added that the developer had not tried to "fill the plot with as many houses as possible" and pointed out that properties' driveways and garages had been set far back from the main road to minimise the risk of accidents caused by on-street parking.

He also explained that careful steps had been taken to lower the risk of flooding on the development, with the construction of swales - channels designed to store and/or convey runoff - planned for the site.

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