Plans for new 302-home estate in North Lincolnshire set to go before councillors
Part of the RAF Kirton in Lindsey/Rapier Barracks site could be developed as a new housing estate
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Feb 2018
Plans to build a major new housing estate in North Lincolnshire are set to be discussed by councillors for a second time.
The project, earmarked for land on the former RAF and army base in Kirton in Lindsey, is being brought forward by Green Meadow Limited.
Outline planning permission is being sought for up to 302 properties and public open space, including the demolition of existing buildings.
A 33-acre site at the northern end of the former barracks has been earmarked for the development, which is set to cost more than £29 million over a five-year rolling programme.
The plans were discussed by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee in December but a decision on whether it could proceed was deferred after the manager of the Kirton Lindsey Surgery claimed the practice had not been properly consulted.
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Now, the committee will discuss the application again when it meets in Scunthorpe tomorrow.
Since the December meeting, the council has received a letter from Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, director of primary care for North Lincolnshire, expressing concern that the medical demands of the proposed development could not be served by existing GPs using their current premises.
The former RAF Kirton site where 302 homes have been proposed.
How the new estate proposed for the site could look
In the letter, Dr Jaggs-Fowler also made reference to a separate development of 90 homes which has been approved in the town which he said would already mean the local GP practice would be overloaded.
He said: "We would therefore urgently request that these serious concerns are take into consideration and that further consideration be given as to how assistance can be made to the practice, via the planners and developers, in order to enable the future demand to be met.
"In terms of the two developments mentioned above, this is likely to require extended surgery premises costing upwards of £250,000."
At the previous planning committee meeting, Councillor Neil Poole said although residents seemed to be behind the development, education and health providers needed reassurance that provision would be made for the extra strain to be placed on them.
And Councillor Trevor Foster said he was struggling to support the plans without reassurances that health providers would get the support they need.
In a report prepared for councillors ahead of tomorrow's meeting, planning officers at the authority recommend outline permission for the project should be granted.
This is subject to the completion of a planning agreement for community benefit which would see Green Meadow pay £909,622 towards the provision of education infrastructure, £120,800 towards the provision of healthcare infrastructure and £151,000 towards the provision of public open space.
The agreement would also mean providing 30 affordable homes as part of the development.
Green Meadow bought the site from the Ministry of Defence for an undisclosed sum in 2014.
Tomorrow's planning committee meeting will be held at the Civic Centre on Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, at 2pm.