Campaigners battling to stop a large scale housing estate on Langton Hill have warned development giants Gladman: “You can’t win every time.”
The Save Langton Hill Action Group is calling for the entire town to unite against plans to build up to 300 new homes.
They claim the development would be visible from miles around and would have a devastating impact on the town’s infrastructure.
The group is planning to hold a public meeting and will leaflet drop every house in Horncastle in a bid to win support.
They have raised fears about flooding, access, transport links and increased pressure on the availability of places at schools and doctors.
Group chairman Maggie Darkes told the News: “Horncastle needs to be united. We are calling for the whole community to support us - against all large scale developments and not just Langton Hill.
“These developments would change the character of a very nice town for ever. That is unacceptable to us.
“Obviously, an organisation the size of Gladman don’t waste time and money. They are in it for the profit.
“If they thought there was the remotest chance it could be defeated easily, they wouldn’t have started.
“However, we’re are ready for them. We’re ready for the fight. We’ve been waiting for them.
“They can’t win every single time.”
Mrs Darkes’ own bungalow backs onto the new development site and she admitted there is an element of ‘nimbyism’ about her situation.
She explained: “I’ll hold my hands up but I am not in a majority. There are lots of people on our committee who don’t live anywhere near it.
“They object for other reasons - young families who realise schooling will become difficult or ‘old Horncastrians’ who have moved out to outlining villages and don’t like to see what is happening to the town.”
Mrs Darkes confirmed the group’s main objection was the development of a hill top location.
She added: “It would be visible from miles around and would be a massive impact on the town.
“It would be a hill top development which the original local plan -and every other document - has been dead against in the past.
“Unfortunately, the new local plan is not available yet.
“We are not against Horncastle growing - far from it. However, we believe there are better and more sustainable development sites available.”
Mrs Darkes stressed access to the site - via Osborne Way - and drainage were other valid concerns.
She said: “Osborne Way could not cope. You could put an island on the Woodhall Road but I don’t know how Highways would feel about that.
“The existing sewers can’t cope now. If you look at the flood plan, they are worried but there seems to be a reluctance on anyone involved to spend money on improving the system.
“Okay, they are proposing a ‘collection pond’ at the bottom of the site. What happens when that is full? Water will go ‘sailing’ straight into houses at the bottom of the hill.”
Mrs Darkes said the group was confident of winning local backing.
She explained: “We have had overwhelming support. We have a Facebook page. We have an on-line petition. People can also object on line at ELDC’s planning portal, or by writing directly to the chief planning officer.
“If we have real, valid objections - and not I don’t like the houses or I won’t be able to see a field from my house - then we must stand a chance.
“We’re ready to go all the way - and we’re hoping ELDC will go all the way.”