Ongoing negotiations over developer contributions have resulted in an approval delay of more than three years for thousands of North Lincolnshire homes.
Council bosses, however, say the £1.2 billion Lincolnshire Lakes scheme, which aims to create six new villages near the town in a waterside setting, are “clearly progressing.”
The plans, for up to 2,500 new homes including a village centre, a health care facility, community facilities, a primary school (Use Class D1), new roads and footpaths, were originally given the green light in June 2016.
However, three years later, Shaun Robson, the authority’s group manager for development management, and Mark Grave, of applicants Maltgrave Ltd, agreed to an extension of time to decide the application until September 30.
According to documents, the approval should have taken place once Section 106 agreements were signed off by both parties and a loan was secured from Homes England for works on the M181 Southern Junction, approved in January.
In a letter, Mr Robson writes: “While every endeavour has been made to reach a decision on your application within the previously agreed time, unfortunately this will not be possible.”
He says the S106 is still being negotiated with both parties but adds the council intends to submit the application to its July planning committee.
Councillor Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said the developer-led Lincolnshire Lakes were “clearly starting to progress”.
He said: “The council have always been clear that we need to ensure the infrastructure is in place before work can start on the new villages.
“The Government funded £13.3 million flood defence scheme is nearing completion on the banks of the Trent, and the £13.5m plan to detrunk the M181 received planning permission earlier this year.
“This will provide a much needed bypass for Burringham village.”
“The planning application now needs to follow a process before a legal agreement can be reached about schools, drainage, highways and a number of other important infrastructure elements.”
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