Residents' fears over plans for new housing development in North Lincolnshire village

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Mar 2019

Plans for 24 houses on the edge of Messingham have angered residents who say the project is completely unsuitable for the site.

Developer Jackson Philips Asset Solutions is proposing to build the homes on a large field off Scotter Road in the village which is currently used as a horse paddock, but has not specified how many bedrooms each house will contain.

However, local people have fears about the long-term impact on the village if this and similar applications are approved.

Messingham resident Roger Abrams said: "The village has clearly defined development limits, which this would breach. It would mean building on green belt land, and once that's gone, you can't get it back.

"The problem is no one knows what the developers have in mind, as the planning application leaves it wide open. All matters are reserved to be decided later, once outline permission has been given.

"This side of the village also has severe drainage problems, with raw sewage flooding out occasionally.

Residents have warned about the loss of green space to housing developments (Image: Submitted Picture)

"Many residents don't even know about the project, but those that do have filed quite a substantial list of formal objections."

Other residents have expressed concerns about the impact on road safety, with a junction being created onto Scotter Road. They claim the road is usually very busy, with cars often parked on both sides.

In its planning application to North Lincolnshire Council, the developer says: "The development will be visually unobtrusive. It is close to the village centre of Messingham and is a highly sustainable location within easy access of all local amenities by foot and bicycle."

It goes on to claim that the village, near Scunthorpe, is well placed to accommodate additional housing.

The application has attracted 11 objections from residents to date.

A further 25 houses are proposed for a separate site immediately across Scotter Road by Swaby Developments Ltd, with a further 22 objections being lodged with the council to that development.

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