Campaigners will only stop controversial housing developments in Horncastle and Woodhall Spa if they have valid material objections.
That is the warning from councillor Craig Leyland, deputy leader of East Lindsey District Council.
Concern is growing that ELDC’s planning committee has approved several applications, despite strong objections from residents and town and parish councils.
That, in turn, has sparked fears in Horncastle and Woodhall Spa that other large-scale developments will go ahead.
Coun Leyland said he shared those concerns and admitted the introduction of the long-awaited core planning strategy fpr East Lindsey next year would make it more difficult for developers.
However, he stressed planners could not reject applications based on the number of objections, or because people did not want to see developments built close to their own homes.
Coun Leyland was speaking after residents in Woodhall Spa expressed their disappointment after ELDC gave the go-ahead for 12 bungalows to be built off Dornoch Close on the Viking Way estate.
Developers also secured an extension to a Section 106 agreement which had limited the number of houses on the estate to 342 dwellings.
Resident Roger Webb, who attended the planning committee meeting, said there had been widespread objections with particular concerns about access and the impact on the local infra structure.
He added the bungalows - for social housing - would be adjacent to properties for people aged 55 and over.
Mr Webb said: “We had valid objections but clearly ELDC’s morale compass is not pointing in the same direction as ours.
“The government says it wants local people to have a bigger say in local issues but clearly that does not seem to be working.”
Mr Webb, who is also a parish councillor, said he feared there could be other large scale developments in Woodhall and urged people to continue fighting applications.
Coun Leyland said ELDC had consulted with various ‘outside’ agencies - including drainage and highways - who had not raised any issues about Dornoch Close. He added places were available at schools and doctors.