A development company has won the battle to build hundreds of new homes in Horncastle.
A Government inspector has over-turned a decision by East Lindsey District Council to reject controversial plans for homes on Langton Hill.
Backed by residents, ELDC’s planning officers initially refused the bid by Gladman Developments for several reasons.
However, Gladman appealed and the Planning Inspectorate announced earlier today (Friday) that the appeal had been granted.
Although details are still emerging, a Government inspector dismissed claims that the development would have in impact on the whole area, because it is a hill top site.
He also ruled that concerns about traffic and pedestrian issues - and the pressure on the town’s infra-structure - were not valid enough reasons to stop the development going ahead.
The decision means up to 300 new homes can be built at the site, along with a public open space, play area and ‘associated infra-structure works’ including landscaping and highways.
The decision is a hammer blow for residents who had been fighting the proposals.
It’s also a setback for ELDC and Horncastle Town Council who had objected to the plan.
It is also thought the decision could have major ramifications for other developments across the district.
ELDC’s planning supremo Coun Craig Leyland said he was ‘disappointed’ with the decision but declined to comment further.
Coun Bill Aron, chairman of the Town Council’s planning committee, was not available for comment.
*Full story and reaction in next week’s Horncastle News.