I am pleased and relieved that Stockton Council planning committee supported our campaign with residents and rejected plans for 550 houses on Little Maltby Farm, Low Lane on the outskirts of Ingleby.
The petition I launched last month against these plans and another one in the pipeline now has 300 signatures and local people were at the meeting to have their say on why this development is not sustainable and how much they resent losing this open land.
I told the committee that Ingleby Barwick is already creaking at the seams.
The road network within the estate and our three exit roads are already severely congested at peak times. Maltby residents are also worried about how they will be able to get out onto Low Lane from High Lane if this goes ahead.
The extra housing would fill up the new school that has inadvertently allowed these applications to come forward. The campaign for extra secondary school provision, saving hundreds of local children from being bussed off Ingleby every morning, would all be for nothing. I believe a new primary school would also be necessary.
Residents feel that even at Ingleby’s current size, there are not enough community facilities to serve the existing population. We don’t have enough shops, chemists, dentists, youth clubs and so on, it will only get worse if these houses go ahead.
The rejection of this application is the first hurdle. A further application for 550 houses on the adjacent site will come before the planning committee in coming weeks.
The reference number is 14/0208/OUT and you are urged to make your comments as soon as possible.
You can also sign the petition here.