Immingham homes plan decision delayed AGAIN over access concerns but developer says nothing more can be done

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 May 2019

Councillors have delayed making a decision on plans for 145 homes in Immingham for a second time for “further negotiations”, but developers said “nothing more” can be done to improve the plan.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee decided to defer the proposed development on land off Habrough Fields and Pilgrims Way in the town after concern over the entrance to the site and emergency access.

But, developer, Peter Ward Homes, said there was “nothing more” that could be changed at the site.

The proposal was deferred for the first time by the committee last month for a site visit.

As part of the proposal, nine two bedroom houses, 58 three bedroom houses, 10 three bedroom dormer bungalows and 68 four bedroom houses would be built.

But local people initially raised concerns over potential flooding at the site.

The area was hit by flooding in August 2017 following heavy rain and the failure of an Anglian Water pump, which left residents stranded.

A 3-D artists impression of the new development near the Habrough Fields estate

The developer included four lagoons on the site to drain any surface water.

Residents also raised concern over Mill Lane at the site being used for emergency vehicles and that there was only one entrance for the development.

Councillor Stan Shreeve said residents could see added pressure as a result of the access.

“It places a tremendous amount of pressure on the community and I do have fears about that,” he said.

“I appreciate the efforts that have been made but the residents have spoken with such strength about this.”

One of the Peter Ward homes earmarked for the Habrough Fields development in Immingham (Image: Peter Ward)

But, Peter Ward, managing director at Peter Ward Homes, said there was no other entrance for the Immingham site that could be included in the plan.

“There is nothing that can be changed about the site to make it better,” he said.

“There is no other entrance that can be added and it is allocated for housing under the local plan.”

Mr Ward added that the company had already gone the “extra mile” to improve the site.

Councillors voted to delay a decision on the proposal for “further negotiations”.

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