Artist’s impressions have shown what a major mixed-use development in Epworth will look like.
Plans have been submitted to the council for 62 homes, retail and leisure, a new doctor’s surgery and a new garden centre on land off Belton Road, Epworth. An existing Holmes and Gardens garden centre will be demolished.
Millea Land Ltd are behind the scheme, which has already been out to a public consultation by the developers. This found the majority of respondents supportive and the feedback is said to have shaped the final application.
Two non-food retail units, a supermarket and garden centre are proposed. There will also be a new medical practice, after discussions with local NHS partners. South Axholme GP surgery partner Dr Annie Borrill has written a letter in support of the new medical facility.
Dr Borrill said it would “future proof resources available to the practice in order to deliver the ever-expanding range of services that will be delivered within primary care”. It will also “alleviate most if not all the restrictions and limitations of our current building”, including a dedicated car park and better disabled access.
Once complete, the development is expected to employ 75 full time equivalent jobs. There are now 62 homes proposed, down five from an environmental screening request in February.
These will be split between six one-beds, 14 two-beds including four bungalows, 32 three-beds and 10 four-beds. Twelve will be affordable homes.
A dedicated website has been created by the developers to further gather feedback during the planning process.
More than 35 comments have been made on the application within a couple of days. “Excellent to see a proposed development which will give a more affordable shopping outlet to those unable to travel to Scunthorpe or Doncaster,” says one of the mainly in favour comments.
Objectors have mainly focused on traffic concerns and changing the character of the town. “I strongly object to the idea to maintain our beautiful history town and keep this a gorgeous place for my family to grow up in,” wrote one.
Jonathan Millea of Millea Land said the planning application represented a “major investment” in Epworth and followed a “hugely important local dialogue” with residents and stakeholders. “These plans will provide better and new facilities for Epworth and create a significant number of new jobs, as well as keeping people in the town to do their shopping, reducing the need to travel elsewhere and boosting other businesses.”
“Epworth Primary Academy and South Axholme Academy have been able to engage with a number of activities linked to the proposed development of the Belton Road area with Millea Land and Holmes Garden Centre,” said an Isle Education Trust spokesperson. “This has included site visits, school council meetings and general discussion about potential facilities on the proposed site and how these could be used to support and enhance learning in the future.”
Students had been eager to engage and the Trust hoped to continue to work together as the project progresses, the spokesperson added.
Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe