Double roundabout gridlock fears as 63 homes approved at Hewitts Circus

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jan 2019

Plans to build 63 houses in New Waltham have been approved - but with a grave traffic warning.

Councillors gave unanimous backing yesterday to plans to build a mixture of townhouses on land at the corner of the roundabout at Hewitts Circus.

But fears of gridlock were raised if construction work was to commence at the same time as controversial work to replace Toll Bar roundabout with £2.1million traffic lights.

"I think its inevitable that we are going to have to approve this application. I am supportive of the application for 63 houses," said New Walham ward councillor Stephen Harness.

Plans for 63 homes off Hewitts Circus roundabout have been unanimously approved by councillors (Image: Copyright unknown)

"But what we can't have is temporary traffic lights in this location while the works are ongoing at Toll Bar roundabout.

"This is a very serious point. We can't have roadworks in two locations in New Waltham."

The plans would involve the creation of a single access and exit point from Hewitts Avenue, the realignment of Hewitts Circus roundabout and the introduction of a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing on Humberston Road.

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It is unknown when work might commence, but prior notification needs to be given to the council's highway management team six months in advance of works taking place.

This means there could be a clash with eight months of work at nearby Toll Bar roundabout due to start in July.

Councillor Tim Mickleburgh shared concern about the potential clash: "Toll Bar roundabout, whatever you think of it, whatever your views, to have roadworks in two locations at the same time, it's a non starter."

Councillors debated the detailed plans at a planning committee meeting held at Grimsby Town Hall yesterday.

Controversial work to replace Toll Bar roundabout with traffic lights is due to start in July (Image: Rick Byrne / Grimsbylive)

It follows outline permission for up to 63 dwellings approved in May 2017 and a second application for 68 houses and 18 apartments deferred by councillors in September 2018.

Developer YPG Developments lodged an appeal after councillors failed to reach a decision on the enlarged second plan for the site, a move that Councillor Stan Shreeve said left him "discombobulated".

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He said: "There has been no move by the developer to come back to us. Paranoid Councillor Shreeve thinks will that be used as evidence to the inspector to put more houses on this site?

"My more generous side hopes that if we grant this today, the appeal will go away."

Citing his "innate trust in human nature", he ultimately backed the proposal along with all other committee members.

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