Parish councillors in Woodhall Spa have delivered a potential double blow to plans to expand a housing estate and told developers: ‘Enough is enough.’
Longhurst and Havelock have submitted an application to East Lindsay District Council for an additional 12 bungalows off Dornoch Close on the Witham Road estate.
The company has also applied for a ‘section 106’ agreement that would allow the development to go ahead.
Several residents have raised concerns and attended an extraordinary meeting of the parish council last week.
They revealed a number of issues including fears about access, drainage, car parking and the loss of privacy.
The majority of existing homes on Dornoch Close are for over 55s and residents expressed worries there appeared to be no age restriction stipulated on the new bungalows.
Councillors opted to back residents and will submit official objections regarding the section 106 agreement - and the planning application.
They have also requested the matter should be referred to ELDC’s full planning committee - instead of a decision being made by a planning officer.
Chairman Coun David Clarke said that when planning permission was first granted for the estate in 1994, developers were restricted to 330 homes.
He said that figure had been increased to 342 homes in 2008 and the latest application would lead to 354 dwellings.
Coun Clark said that regarding the 106 agreement, the parish council felt the estate was already operating beyond capacity because of issues with road safety and access from Witham Road.
He added: “Enough is enough. I know another 12 bungalows does not sound a lot in the overall scheme of things but a line has to be drawn somewhere.”
Councillors heard there was a need for low cost social housing in Woodhall Spa but objected to the planning application on a number of issues, including access problems, insufficient car parking, poor design, loss of privacy and drainage.
They also questioned a number of claims made by developers in support of the application. Coun Clark described a statement that the new bungalows were within a fine minute walk of a bus stop as ‘laughable.’
There were lengthy discussions about how contractors would access the site with residents pointing out Dornoch Close was too narrow for large vehicles and other roads were private drives.
Councillors said that if the application was given the go-ahead, they favoured a number of conditions being implemented - including restricting contractors to a temporary access from Green Lane.
Several residents from Turnberry Drive pointed out a road adjacent to the building site was a ‘private drive.’