Some 225 new homes have been approved for Scartho Top – but developers have poured cold water on the idea of a link road with Bradley Road.
Some residents were said to be “terrified about the traffic”, with calls to improve to the estate’s road network before any new houses were given the green light. However, landowner Brocklesby Estates said there had been no talks with North East Lincolnshire Council about this.
The planning application was a redesign of an already-approved scheme for 205 houses, offering more affordable homes and an improved layout. The question for the planning committee was whether an extra 20 homes in the area were acceptable.
Councillor David Hasthorpe asked directly whether there was any chance of a link road being built to alleviate traffic, saying: “I’m already getting letters from residents terrified about the traffic.” He was told it wasn’t on Scartho Top’s masterplan.
It was decided unanimously that the few extra homes were worth a better housing development. Councillors welcomed the new facilities that were being built in the area, including a new Aldi, a care home, and more shops.
A statement read out to the planning committee on behalf of the Brocklesby Estate said: “Scartho Top has been on going for well over 20 years. Recently, there has been media coverage expressing concern about traffic in the area. We would like to reassure the planning committee that we are resolved to realising this masterplan and vision.
“The new Aldi is to be opened this summer, and an application for four nearby shops will be submitted this year. We are working with the council to transfer four acres of land to create new primary school with 240 places.
“A road will eventually connect Scartho Top with Springfield Road. This is around two thirds complete, and will be finished by developers.
“However, there has been speculation about a road connecting Scartho Top and Bradley Road. This has never been a planning requirement, and there have been no discussions with the council about this.”
Land on Matthew Telford Park has been earmarked for 850 homes in the coming years in the area’s masterplan. This could bring an extra 2000 people to Scartho Top, effectively doubling the current size of the village.
Scartho ward councillor Charlotte Croft said there were a lot of concerns about the amount of traffic that had to use Matthew Telford Park to enter or leave the estate. She warned the new houses “aren’t going to alleviate the problem.”
Councillor Tim Mickleburgh said: “At long last, we are seeing facilities built so the area isn’t just housing, housing, housing and nothing else. I am pleased to see plans for the Aldi, other shops and a school in the area.”