Plans for up to 700 new homes would put intolerable pressure on Horncastle’s services and effectively ‘kill off’ the town.
That is the opinion of councillor Ann Wayne, vice-chairman of the town’s council’s planning and development committee.
Four large scale developments are being planned for Horncastle:
*300 homes at Langton Hill
*129 homes off Mareham Road
*106 homes off Churchill Avenue
*25 homes off Wesley Way
In addition, Coun Wayne revealed permission had been given for more than 100 new homes at various other sites.
She said work on the vast majority of the properties had not started because of the recession.
She also fears the current applications could open the door for even more large scale developments, before regulations restricting potential sites are introduced next year.
Coun Wayne said: “I keep reading reports from developers that existing facilities will cope.
“I’d like to know here these agencies get their information from. They obviously don’t live in Horncastle.
“We’re talking about traffic levels, drainage schools, doctors...
“Could Horncastle cope with five or six hundred new homes and perhaps 1,500 more people? The answer is no.”
Coun Wayne revealed she was particularly concerned about a potential increase in flooding.
She added: “We have seen the misery flooding causes and the system cannot cope.
“At Mareham Road, they (developers) are talking about a drain they say they can rod or blast out.
“We (the town council) have been there. We can only trace the drain so far. No-one knows where it goes. It’s no doubt underneath housing and has almost certainly been broken up. It doesn’t exist.
“If they (the developers) can prove it exits then fine. But where is the water and sewerage going to go and who would be responsible if these developments lead to more flooding?
“More than 20 years ago, many of the drains were inspected. They were battered and broken then and no-one has done anything.”
Coun Wayne accepted a new flood defence scheme for the Bain Valley would help but said the town had been waiting 20 years for work to start.
She said existing schools were already full to capacity and doubted if developers would provide funds for improvements.
She added: “I can appreciate the Churchill development is social housing but it is still housing - it adds to the pressure.
“At a weekend, if you have an accident or need a doctor, have you to go to Louth, 14 miles away. Not everyone has access to a car. Public transport to Louth?”
Coun Wayne called on ELDC to speed up its core housing plan which will identify potential development sites and cap the number of houses built in communities.
She added; “I read Coun Craig Leyland’s letter in the News and he says Woodhall Spa can ‘do’ 17 new houses a year. That’s their quota.
“How have they got Woodhall’s quota? We’ve been asking for Horncastle’s. When is ours coming?
“Perhaps Horncastle could stand between 30 and 50 new houses a year - but not hundreds. It would kill the town.
“The town has fought developers before. Remember Tescos? Now, we need to fight again,”