Kirton in Lindsey

Developers have appealed against North Lincolnshire Council’s decision to reject plans to build 79 homes in Kirton in Lindsey.

The Strategic Land Group were denied planning permission to build on the land north of Ings Road in Kirton in Lindsey back in August.

This was after more than 200 objection letters were received from the community during the planning application process.

The council refused permission because they were not convinced Ings Road was big enough to enable access for the development.

Other reasons included increased hazards to vehicles and pedestrians and an overall reduction in highway safety.

In their appeal, the developers said “Ings Road is currently lightly trafficked and will remain so” and “persistent shortfall in housing land supply means that planning permission needs to be granted for more residential development sites”.

Initial plans for development.

Michael Orridge, a Kirton in Lindsey resident, said: “It is very disappointing that the applicant has decided to appeal the refusal despite the fact the application was unanimously refused by the Planning Committee of North Lincolnshire Council.”

Mr Orridge added that: “This clearly demonstrates that the community does not think development of these fields, located in the open countryside and accessed off a rural narrow lane, is suitable, logical or safe.”

A local Airsoft club run by an RAF veteran has donated hundreds of food items to a North Lincolnshire food bank in the club’s latest charitable act of 2020.

RAF veteran Ian Lawrence and his fellow members at Lincolnshire Airsoft Club responded to a social media appeal from the Kirton in Lindsey food bank near Scunthorpe.

So far, over 300 separate food items have been donated by people of all ages at the club, in two separate drop offs.

Hundreds of bags of food delivered, with more on the way. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

A third delivery has been planned for Thursday, November 5, the day the country goes back into national lockdown.

Ian and the rest of the Lincolnshire Airsoft Club members have also spent 2020 helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic, creating PPE free of charge.

Over 5,000 face shields were made during the first lockdown. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

They were involved in the 3D printing of 5,215 face shields, provided 500 nitrile safety gloves and created nearly 60 litres of hand sanitiser.

LAC did all they could to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

LAC is also involved in the annual Poppy Appeal, raising money through charity auctions.

When asked about all of the group’s charitable acts, Ian said: “If we do not look out for each other, then who will?”

More than 200 people have objected to plans for almost 80 new homes in Kirton in Lindsey due before councillors next week.

North Lincolnshire councillors are being recommended to approve the plans by The Strategic Land Group for outline permission for the homes on Ings Road.

Documents before the authority suggest there would be 79 homes on the site.

Objectors say the development is outside the current loan plan development boundary, is in the wrong location, would create an “unacceptable impact” on highway safety and “problematic” for drainage.

Other concerns include the impact on local infrastructure services, lack of public transport, loss of wildlife and “poor public consultation”.

How the development could look if plans are approved.

A statement from Kirton Lindsey Town Council said: “The substantial public feeling about this proposal is evident from the number of objections lodged by residents who feel the impact on the town would be severe, dangerous and disastrous.”

“Kirton in Lindsey has more than sufficient, as yet unfilled, approved planning for residential developments to meet the town’s contribution to housing within North Lincolnshire.

“The continued over-development of the west aspect of Kirton in Lindsey is distorting the landscape of the town and this further proposal would exacerbate this situation even further with more damage due to the nature of Ings Lane as a rural single track green country lane.”

Resident Michael Orridge said: “I would be very disappointed if the development is approved because the rural character of Ings Lane and the two greenfield sites in the open countryside will be lost forever.

“Furthermore, the rural lane is currently used by all residents of the town for exercise, by families and for horse riding.

“The Lane has always been a great place to visit and use, especially during the recent months because of Covid-19 and if the development is approved, people will be put off using it due to the additional traffic and noise caused by the housing”.

Looking West down the narrow rural Ings Lane towards the location of the application site (on the right hand side). Photo: Michael Orridge

One other resident said: “Kirton Lindsey is already outgrowing its infrastructure and with other developments already in progress, I do not feel that another housing development is needed.

“If this development were to go ahead the schools, doctors and local amenities would be stretched.

“They already seem to struggle to cope.

“It is now easier to get a GP appointment at Scotter than in Kirton.”

Another added: “This is outside the boundary and in greenfield which is a natural environment which would be spoilt forever.”

However, in the report before councillors on Wednesday, officers said: “It is considered that no adverse impacts related to the development exist that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits that would follow from a well-executed residential scheme in this location.

“Overall, it is considered that the proposal does represent sustainable development.”

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