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Green light for ‘impressive’ £90m plans for 224 affordable homes next to former Macaulay Lane tip

"Impressive" £90 million plans to build more than 200 affordable homes right next to the former Macaulay Lane tip site have been given the go-ahead.

Green light for ‘impressive’ £90m plans for 224 affordable homes next to former Macaulay Lane tip

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee unanimously approved this latest application to develop the site, put forward by Gleeson Homes, at a meeting at Grimsby Town Hall this morning.

Developers Gleeson, who say they have an ambition to provide homes for customers "at the lower end of the market", were praised for tabling a thorough application that presents a "wonderful opportunity" for growth.

After an hour-long debate councillors eventually decided to overlook "serious concerns" over potential contamination issues brought about by the site's close proximity to the former landfill. The area is also listed as being at high risk of flooding.

Labour councillor, Matthew Brown, described the development as a chance to transform the Cromwell Road bridge that provides access to the former Macaulay Lane landfill site into a "bridge to the land of opportunity".

That bridge - built 11 years ago and dubbed 'the road nowhere' had only ever been used by lorries transporting thousands of tonnes of earth to cap the former tip site, and a year ago, questions were raised over whether it would ever lead anywhere.

It will be the singular access point for the development, which will be be constructed on the boundary of the old Macaulay Lane landfill site on an area of disused allotments and open fields.

It has been designed so to accommodate the future incorporation of a 17-acre country park, that is maturing there having been given the go-ahead previously.

Gleeson's now approved plans are the latest in a stream of applications for developments in or around the former landfill site, which has been blighted with controversy over the years.

Twenty years have passed since the first planning application to build on the former tip site was approved.

The wasteland was tipped for the site of a new Grimsby Town FC stadium, but did not make it on to a shortlist.

There are plans for 250 new homes on an adjoining site, but planners set a condition on Millennium Park (Grimsby) Ltd to begin work by January 2017, which now is invalid.

Over the past two decades the site has been earmarked for leisure complexes, hotel, shops and housing.

At today's meeting, councillor Cliff Barber (Lab), was joined by colleagues in applauding the "excellent project".

Councillors were particularly impressed at Gleeson's pledge to ensure that 20 per cent of the homes, 44 in total two and three bed semi-detached houses, will be available on a Help To Buy scheme.

A breakdown of the homes show there would be 62 two bed semi-detached houses, 88 three bed semi-detached houses, 54 three bed detached houses and 20 four bed detached houses.

Gleeson say that the pricing will mean that the homes are "truly affordable" for "working couples".

They will cost in the region on £67,500 for a two bed unit and £78,750 for a three bed unit.

Councillor Sutton (Lab), said: "It is very good to have developers address the housing need in North East Lincolnshire.

"It will bring huge benefits to the local area."

Councillor Iain Lindley (Cons), added: "This is an area that is crying out for development and has been for a number of years.

"I fully support the development but I have serious concerns about contamination. There is a serious risk here in my eyes."

Meanwhile councillor Henry Hudson (Ukip), said: "This is such a wonderful opportunity and Gleeson need applauding."

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