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Controversial 200 home plan near Scunthorpe approved, despite backlash

Councillors argued that it was not needed

A controversial plan to build 200 homes near Scunthorpe has been approved by North Lincolnshire councillors, despite calls to “kick the proposal into the long grass.”

Developers Bildurn Properties submitted the proposal for a site off Moorwell Road in Yaddlethorpe.

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee backed the proposal at a meeting on February 12.

The development, which lies opposite the Lincolnshire Lakes project, will see two-storey homes built with around 40 allocated for affordable housing.

200 homes, which will mostly be private market houses, would be built on the site with an entrance to the development on Scotter Road South.

A similar application was unanimously rejected by the council’s planning committee back in July last year, which Bildurn Properties appealed.

A masterplan of how the 200 homes in Yaddlethorpe would look under resubmitted proposals.

Developers said in plans that the homes would “reflect the best qualities of housing in the district”.

But, Martin Fox, who lives on Scotter Road South, raised concerns over traffic and road safety at the site.

He said there were “dozens” of accidents and near misses on the road and that the volume of cars was “unbelievable.”

“I’m not objecting to housing,” he said.

“But we have got to consider what the long term plans of developments like this will lead to.”

Councillor Len Foster, who lives a half mile away from the development, said the proposal should be “kicked into the long grass” because it is outside the development boundary.

“We’re developing a new local plan, but this is at the moment outside the development boundary,” he said.

Meanwhile, local councillor, John Davison, argued that the plan was “virtually identical” to the one rejected by the council last year.

However, the proposal was approved after chairman, Councillor Nigel Sherwood, used a casting vote to break a tie on the committee.

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