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Controversial plans for 66 homes given green light by committee chairman in casting vote

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Controversial plans for 66 homes on the edge of a Lincolnshire village have eventually been granted, after two tied votes in the council chamber.

The proposals on agricultural land off Bradley Road in Waltham split councillors at a meeting of North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, August 16.

Five councillors voted for the plans, with another five in opposition, and one abstention.

Committee chairman Mike Burton was given the deciding vote as a result, and approved the plans.

The plans are only in the outline stage, and will have to come before the council again for full permission to be given.

Work on the new estate is set to include around 13 affordable homes (20%).

Developers have also committed to contributions of over £300,000 for primary and secondary education provision in the area.

They will also help with the costs of moving the 30 mph speed limit 220 metres to the north of where it is now, as well as safety measures for pedestrians, such as crossings and improved footpaths.

An additional £36,000 has been put aside for a dual-use cycle lane along Bradley Road.

The proposals were strongly criticised by both Waltham Parish Council and Barnoldby le Beck Parish Council, who objected on the grounds of highway safety, impact on village services and the loss of character to the area.

Residents who live in neighbouring developments also objected, citing a loss of privacy and countryside views.

Other concerns were raised about the loss of green space and potential drainage problems arising from the proposed development.

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