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Rally Field is the wrong site - Woodhall Spa councillors join the fight to stop controversial housing plans

Woodhall Spas Rally Field which is the subject of a campaign to halt housing development on the site.

Woodhall Spas Rally Field which is the subject of a campaign to halt housing development on the site.

Councillors in Woodhall Spa would be “failing in their public duty” if they did not support attempts to stop a controversial housing development.

Plans for a social housing complex on Abbey Field off Alexander Road have led to storm of protests in the village.

Parish councillors previously raised objections to the scheme - based on the design of the houses and parking provision.

Now, they have written to planners at East Lindsey District Council, highlighting concerns the development would also lead to the loss of a vital community asset.

Residents have launched their own campaign, highlighting the fact the proposed site is an established and much-used community facility.

Parish council chairman David Clarke said councillors had held a ‘frustrating meeting’ with developers Waterloo Housing.

Coun Clarke said Waterloo had indicated they would not alter their position on design and parking issues.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the parish council, Coun Clarke also revealed details of discussions with Coun William Gray, ELDC’s portfolio holder for Built Environment.

He said Coun Gray had stressed there was a pressing need for more social housing in Woodhall Spa.

Coun Clarke said that while the parish council was not against social housing, the Rally Field development was “the wrong design on the wrong site.”

Coun Clarke said the parish council was aware of the “obvious concerns” of the community.

He was supported by Coun Rich Sanderson who said: “We would be failing in our public duty if we did not write to ELDC highlighting all our concerns, including the community aspect.”

Ward district councillor Craig Leyland said he would be objecting to the development in the “strongest possible terms.”

He added it was “very disappointing” that Waterloo were unlikely to alter their position.

The application could go before ELDC’s planning committee next month when Coun Leyland and Coun Clarke both said they would speak against it.

 

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