Tension is mounting in Woodhall Spa ahead of controversial plans to extend one of the village’s largest housing estates.
Builders Longhurst and Havelock have submitted an application to East Lindsey District Council for a ‘section 106’ agreement that would essentially allow them to build 12 new bungalows off Dornoch Close.
The bungalows would be an addition to the low cost social housing which forms most of Dornoch Close.
Many of the homes close to the proposed new development are restricted to over 55s.
In letters of objection sent to ELDC, residents claim there is no mention of age restrictions on the new bungalows.
There are concerns about access, noise and drainage and fears more homes could eventually be built on the site.
The proposal comes amid growing discontent in Woodhall Spa about the amount of new developments being allowed by planners, often in the face of objections from the local parish council.
Woodhall Spa Parish Council held an extraordinary meeting last night (Tuesday) to debate the Dornoch Close application.
Chairman David Clarke said the council had taken what he called ‘the unprecedented step’ of organising an extraordinary meeting because there were such strong feelings locally.
Roger Webb, a member of the parish council, lives close to the proposed development site.
Mr Webb confirmed he was against the new bungalows but stressed he would not be taking part in any decisions made by the parish council.
He said: “I am speaking as a concerned resident. Access is just one of the problems. A Victorian sewer runs under the site which they (the builders) will tap in to.
“Basically, we have reached the stage where enough is enough. There’s another application in for 80-odd homes on the other side of Witham Road. Where next?
“The infrastructure can’t cope but will ELDC listen to our concerns? I doubt it.”
Not all residents agreed with Mr Webb. Robert Willerton, who lives on Dornoch Close, said Woodhall Spa needed more low-cost housing for local people.
He said: “Mr Webb thinks he speaks for everybody around here but he doesn’t. We need homes locals can afford.”