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ELDC planners call off Mareham Road homes decision

Planning committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper flanked by planning officer Chris Panton and legal advisor Charlotte Lockwood

Planning committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper flanked by planning officer Chris Panton and legal advisor Charlotte Lockwood

Planners at East Lindsey District Council have postponed a decision on a controversial application for 129 new homes off Mareham Road, Horncastle.

ELDC’s planning committee was expected to debate the application at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

However, it has been put back to the April meeting following advice from the Environment Agency.

Planning Officer, Andy Allen, said: “It has been necessary to postpone taking the application to committee to allow further discussions to take place with the drainage authorities.

“We know there is considerable local interest in this application and it will now go to planning committee on April 17.”

The Mareham Road application appeared before the committee last November.

In a controversial move, planning officers had recommended approval, even though they admitted to doubts about data in a drainage report submitted by the developers.

Councillors agreed to defer a decision after strong opposition led by Horncastle’s mayor Fiona Martin.

Apart from flooding, Coun Martin also expressed concerns about an increase in traffic in the Mareham Road area - and the lack of places at the town’s primary and secondary schools and doctors’ surgeries.

According to the initial agenda for tomorrow’s meeting, developers had produced new data, based on a survey of the site in December.

However, Horncastle Town Council had confirmed its opposition to the scheme.

Town clerk Gillian Mauger said councillors were particularly concerned about plans to utilise Thunker’s Drain for drainage.

There are fears the drain will be unable to cope with the extra run-off.

Apart from Mareham Road, it is expected two other applications could be in the pipeline - Langton Hill and Louth Road.

Together, the applications could lead to more than 500 new homes being built - depending on approval.

Developers Gladman are expected to appeal a decision by ELDC to reject the Langton Hill application.

Larkhill, the company behind the Louth Road bid, were due to make a presentation to town councillors last night (Tuesday) about their plans for 80 new homes.

 

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