Proposal for 81 houses next to another 100 homes site in Laceby shunned by the council

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Dec 2017

A proposal to build a new housing estate of 81 homes directly next to a recently approved application for 100 homes has been shunned by the council.

North East Lincolnshire Council planners have turned down an application for permission to build the homes, off Butt Lane, on the edge of Laceby.

Developers hoped to build a large new estate directly opposite Larkfleet Homes' site for 100 new properties off Blyth Way, which was approved in November last year despite objections from residents.

If this latest application - put forward by developers Heyhill Land had been accepted - then almost 200 new homes would be earmarked for construction in a huge of expansion of the Laceby village.

The field off Butt Lane, Laceby, where plans have been submitted by developers to build 81 houses (Image: Rick Byrne)

But planners at NELC had a raft of concerns surrounding how the development would impact on village life.

In refusing the application, officers say that the development would "undermine" national and local planning policies aimed at ensuring that development takes place in "sustainable locations".

They say that the application lies outside the development limits of the existing settlements of Laceby and Aylesby as defined in the council's local plan.

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This means that the proposed development represents an "unsustainable form of development in the countryside".

And developers have apparently not given "sufficient special reason" to justify the siting of this residential development in this location.

Planners feel that the new housing estate would "extend into the open countryside and have a significantly detrimental impact" on the visual character and appearance of the area.

Developers Larkfleet Homes have already begun work to build their huge 100 home site on the edge of Laceby, after North East Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the development, after having granted outline permission for the development back in April.

The 81 homes would have been a range of two, three and four bedroom houses built on an area of farmland.

The field off Butt Lane, Laceby, where plans have been submitted by developers to build 81 houses (Image: Rick Byrne)

The development, which has been sent back to the drawing board, would be made up of detached and semi-detached houses, each of which would come with its own garden space and parking provision.

CODA Architects claimed their client's aim was to offer a "high quality residential development" proposal which follows both local and national guidance on good design.

In tabling the scheme, the developers outline how Laceby offers a range of services including primary school, convenience store and community facilities, that are "easily and quickly accessible" from the development site.

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