November 10, 2021 4.39 pm

Villagers object to 48 new houses in tranquil area

They argue it would disrupt the rural area.

By Local Democracy Reporter

Village residents are objecting to plans for 48 new houses in a tranquil area.

Outline permission was granted for the development in Hibaldstow several years ago, and details of the homes are set to be approved by North Lincolnshire Council.

However, local people say it’s not what they were originally promised, and would disrupt the rural area.

Doncaster-based developer Albemarle Homes Ltd has submitted the plans for a field off Station Road between two other housing estates.

It would include 26 four-bedroom, 19 three-bedroom and three two-bedroom houses.

Twelve people have registered their objections ahead of next week’s planning meeting.

Issues range from disruption of the tranquil village to the pressure placed on local services.

They also say that they were originally told several years ago that only bungalows would overlook existing houses, rather than the two-storey homes which have been proposed.

Albemarle says the development will “create a well-balanced residential community, which will deliver high quality family homes.”

One local resident said: “Hibaldstow is a beautiful village not a town, so no attempts should change it to be a town.  Keep our countryside alive. 

“I, as have others, bought their houses on Manton Lane as they were overlooking the beautiful countryside and viewing the beautiful wildlife.  Putting these houses on this land will take light away, will give us a view of brick houses instead.”

Another said that the new homes would place too much strain on Hibaldstow’s infrastructure.

The local amenities, for example, the primary school and doctor’s surgery, are already struggling to cope,” he said.

“There is no Post Office or public transport, and infrastructure such as roadways and drainage aren’t sufficient now. These services need addressing first and foremost for the existing residents before any further development in the village,” they said.

Another person warned it would remove a valued part the countryside, saying: “We came here for the rural aspects, wildlife and tranquillity of village life which is constantly being eroded.”

The application is recommended for approval at the council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, November 17.

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