Strawberry Fields development of almost 100 houses and apartments at Hewitts Circus gets go-ahead

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Apr 2019

Almost 100 houses and luxury apartments are set to be built on land opposite the Hewitts Circus Tesco after the controversial 'Strawberry Fields' housing development was given the go-ahead.

The Planning Inspectorate has upheld an appeal by developer YPG Developments to build 68 houses and 18 apartments despite concerns from locals.

YPG had originally submitted an application for the site on land off Hewitts Avenue on October 2017 to the North East Lincolnshire Council planning committee.

But the committee failed to make a full decision on the development, postponing it until a later date at a meeting in September 2018.

Artist impression of some of the properties that will be available

There had been some concerns raised by local councillors, and New Waltham Parish Council over the development, who felt the additional housing will lead to an "over-intensification of the land," which had been earmarked for 63 homes.

New Waltham Parish Council believed that the development was too large for the plot, it was "not in-keeping with the area" and that site access could become a problem in the area.

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Local councillors also echoed these concerns to the developer, saying the site would not be able to facilitate such a large number of properties.

In an effort to get the application approved quicker, YPG submitted an appeal to the The Planning Inspectorate, on the grounds that the council failed to determine the planning application within the prescribed time period.

Artist impression of some of the two storey properties that will be available

North East Lincolnshire Council objected, believing that the development would create problems for highway safety and the free flow of traffic on Hewitt's Avenue .

However, Planning Inspector Darren Hendley, who visited the site on February 19, felt that the Strawberry Fields development "would not have an unacceptable effect on highway safety and the free flow of traffic", and that the land was allocated in the Local Plan for housing.

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During his site visit he recognised that Hewitt's Avenue had heavy traffic use, but proposed highway improvements would help to improve the capacity of the road, and alleviate any concerns raised about traffic issues.

These highway improvements would be for the Hewitt's Avenue and Humberston Road sections of Hewitts Circus roundabout.

YPG Developments have had their Strawberry Fields development approved on appeal

He said: "I conclude that the proposal would not have an unacceptable effect on highway safety and the free flow of traffic. As such, it would comply with LP Policy 5 which states that all development proposals located within or outside of the defined boundaries will be considered with regard to suitability and sustainability, having regard to access and traffic generation, amongst other considerations.

"The proposal would also comply with paragraphs 108 and 109 of the Framework concerning whether safe and suitable access to the site can be achieved for all users, and development should only be prevented or refused on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe."

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Conditions have now been placed on the development by the Inspectorate, which say that construction must begin within three years, highway plans must be submitted, and the developer must make contributions to highway improvements and the local education provision.

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