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£350,000 visitor centre plan near Scunthorpe resubmitted

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Objections have been made against a £350,000 visitor centre plan near Scunthorpe after plans have been resubmitted.

The project received the green light back in August 2017 following a proposal by North Lincolnshire Council.

But an amendment to the amount of floor space provided at the centre in Bottesford means the council have resubmitted the application.

The authority’s planning officer has recommended approval of the plan.

Proposed sign for the Bottesford visitor centre.

Objections have again been raised by Bottesford Town Council against the proposed Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe Education and Visitor Centre.

The project would be based next to the Bottesford Beck, Messingham Road, and would provide an open plan area for visitors plus kitchen and toilets.

But town councillors have said that the centre does not have sufficient parking and is too close to homes on Hallbrook Court.

In a letter, the town council said: “After reviewing the site and plans, the town council object due to the location’s close proximity to neighbouring houses.

“The town council’s original objections also stand on flood plain and insufficient parking.”

But Margaret Arimger, leader member for environment on North Lincolnshire Council, previously said that the centre would benefit the local area.

She said: “The centre will provide a place for people to discover the variety of wildlife surrounding the beck. It will also offer a pit stop for walkers and families to grab a drink or a snack.

“Bottesford Beck is a stop off on the Ironstone Way – enabling walkers, joggers and cyclists to explore much more of North Lincolnshire safely.

“Local schools will be able to make use of the facility for educational visits. Pupils can learn about their local environment and investigate the different habitats, making it educational for adults too.”

The education centre was due to open in April 2018 but work was halted on the project due to complications with the groundwork.

Members of North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the application at a meeting on July 4.

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