Grimsby

Major plans for 224 homes next to former Grimsby tip unanimously approved by councillors

Huge plans for 224 homes next to the former Macaulay Lane landfill site in Grimsby have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Councillors on North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the proposals submitted by Gleeson Homes at a meeting on Wednesday, September 13.

Plans for a housing development on the 6.5 hectare site in the West Marsh area of town have been previously approved five times since 2000, with the land earmarked for development since the 1990s.

The new development will be built on an area of disused allotments and former school playing field, on the boundary of the old local authority tip.

Gleeson Homes’ plans for the site include 62 two bed semi-detached houses, 88 three bed semi-detached houses, 54 three bed detached houses and 20 four bed detached houses.

Access to the development over the railway bridge from Cromwell Road. Photo: Google Street View

The main access to the site will be from an existing bridge over the main railway line, from Cromwell Road west of the site.

A secondary access reserved for emergency vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be taken from Macaulay Street, east of the site.

One in five homes on the site will be classed as affordable, and available through the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

These will be 44 of the development’s two and three semi-detached houses and will cost between £67,500 and £78,750.

Concerns were raised about contamination to the proximity to former tip, and flooding issues, with the site having had a history of problems.

Looking at the site from Macaulay Street. Photo: Google Street View

A statement produced on behalf of the applicants said: “Gleeson focuses solely in building low cost homes for people on low incomes in areas of industrial decline and social and economic deprivation.

“The company builds a range of affordable homes for sale to people who would otherwise be unable to afford a new home, thereby helping them onto the property ladder.

“Gleeson’s homes are priced so that they can be afforded by 90% of local couples in full time employment.”