Council plans to build new homes on a field in Humberston have been scrapped after backlash from residents.
The original plan was to develop 18 houses on a field by South View and the Coach House pub, but it suffered major resistance from residents in the surrounding area.
A Facebook page was set up by a former resident to provide a place for the community to unite and protest the plan, which gathered more than 150 followers.
The planning application – which was submitted by North East Lincolnshire Council – also received almost 50 complaints from the neighbourhood, which swayed the opinions of councillors and caused it to be withdrawn.
Councillor John Fenty, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Skills and Housing at North East Lincolnshire Council , said: “It is important that we listen to the views of residents over the proposed development just off South View in Humberston.
“Therefore, we have decided to withdraw the application to give us some time to speak to local residents and gather their views about any future development.”
Councillor Fenty originally supported development on the site. Speaking earlier this month about it, he said: “There will be some housing on the land at some point. Some of the land is owned by the council, so we should be looking to influence development on the site, rather than stamping our feet about it.”
Sarah Swain, 38, is the former resident who started the Facebook page and was happy at the news that the application was withdrawn, but still intends to fight to avoid any development in the future.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, she said: “While we still feel the site is unsuitable for development, we’re very pleased to hear the application has been withdrawn for further consultation. We’d be keen to chat to the council about further plans.
“We managed to get almost 50 objections in about this so it shows that getting involved really can make a difference. I was really happy to hear the news from here in Sydney.”
The protesters were unhappy with the development plans because of the effect it will have on the field’s wildlife, the congestion and access problems additional cars might cause, and the flood risks from building on the site.
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