December 18, 2019 3.44 pm This story is over 21 months old

120 Winterton homes rejected following ‘breaking point’ fears

Residents had concerns about the plan

A plan to build 120 homes in Winterton, which raised fear that public services would be “pushed to breaking point”, has been rejected by North Lincolnshire councillors.

Developers Gleeson Homes lodged proposals to build 120 homes on land off Top Road in the town.

But, councillors voted to refuse the plans on Wednesday, December 18, and said there was “a long list of problems” with the plan.

As part of the proposal, a total of 42 two-bedroom, 72 three-bedroom and six four-bedroom houses would have been built.

Gleeson Homes, said in its plan that the homes will help to provide “low cost housing” and better choice for local people.

Layout of the homes off Top Road in Winterton proposed by Gleeson Homes.

However, residents raised concerns about the development and wrote to the local authority to raise fears over strained public services.

Mark Lyall, who lives on Top Road, said that local amenities were at “breaking point” and the proposal would put pressure on “stretched” services.

But Craig Hawley, land manager for Gleeson Homes, said the development would provide affordable housing.

“We provide housing at the low end and give people the chance to be part of the market and give them a real chance to own their own home,” he said.

Councillors said the plan raised issues over local services, drainage and highways access off the A1077.

Councillor John Evison, member of the planning committee, said he had a “long list of problems” with the plan.

“I’m not happy about this development,” he said.

“I know Winterton very well and I know the road very well and I have a long list of problems that I have with this.

“I do not like the access and there will be two very difficult junctions along that road.”

He added that he had concerns over surface water drainage and sewage at the site.

A visual of the 135 homes proposed behind North Street and Cemetery Road in Winterton.

Meanwhile, Councillor Len Foster supported the application and said Gleeson had been proven to deliver on their housing.

“It seems like one rule for the urban areas and another for rural areas,” he said.

The development was rejected by five votes to four.

The decision follows fears that the town has seen a “flood of planning applications” with too many “pot shot” developments being proposed.

Elsewhere, councillors gave final backing to 135 homes in Winterton on land rear of North Street and Cemetery Road.

Outline approval was granted to the plan, which was submitted by Keigar Homes, back in August 2018.

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