Housing development on land near Quibell Park stadium can go ahead as plans are approved
Planning permission has been granted for 77 new homes on a former sports field near Quibell Park stadium in Scunthorpe (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 Mar 2019
Protests by residents were unable to stop plans for 77 homes on land near Quibell Park stadium in Scunthorpe being approved by councillors.
Concerned locals had strongly opposed proposals to build on a former playing field off Dartmouth Road since they were revealed, saying the new housing would cause a dangerous amount of congestion on nearby roads.
The field, which is south of Quibell Park, is currently used by dog walkers as well as for cross-country running events organised by Scunthorpe and District Athletics Club.
The plans went before North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee at a meeting last week, having previously been deferred for a site visit.
And the scheme was given permission to proceed on the casting vote of committee chairman Councillor Nigel Sherwood after members were split 5-5.
Cheryl Hassall, who previously delivered a 2,400-name petition protesting the sale of the land, said the result was disappointing for residents.
Cheryl Hassall was disappointed with the planning committee's decision (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
She said: "It looked hopeful at the end, but the tie was ultimately broken by the chair who lives far away from Dartmouth Road.
"We tried our best to put our case across, but the council have been treating it like a done deal."
Other residents objected due to the estimated 150 cars which would be required to use Plymouth Road, which they claimed was already congested and accident-prone.
David Chapman said: "Plymouth Road is a very busy area. The junction causes problems at all times of the day, and there have been several near misses due to drivers being able to see properly.
An artist's impression of the 77-home development earmarked for land near Quibell Park stadium (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)
"There are no traffic calming measures in the area besides a 30mph speed limit. With Oasis Academy Parkwood across the road, it's an accident waiting to happen."
The 77 homes would contain a mix of two to five bedroom houses and bungalows.
In a fiery speech during the application's hearing, Councillor Len Foster criticised the number of applications in the Brumby ward where the land is situated.
Mr Foster, the council's Labour group leader and a Brumby ward councillor, said: "Brumby is being targeted for mass building on every piece of land you can find. Every bit of green space is projected to be available for building. It will be disastrous for the area."
Councillor Len Foster spoke against the application (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
Councillor John Davison broke with his Conservative colleagues on the North Lincolnshire Council planning committee to join the Labour opposition to the application, citing the "real risk caused by the narrowness of the access point."
This produced the 5-5 split, which was broken by Councillor Sherwood, who voted in favour of developer Keigar Homes.
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin had previously called for the plans to be thrown out.
Keigar Homes defended the application, saying: "Last year, the council voted in favour of the disposal of the land to provide much needed housing.
"Issues that have been previously raised by residents have been addressed."