Bardney Parish Council plans talks over housing U-turn

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Parish councillors in Bardney will hold talks with their counterparts at West Lindsey District Council in a bid to ease fears over new homes.

The News revealed last week that West Lindsey District Council is set to drop opposition to plans for up to 170 homes off Hancock Drive.

The application was initially opposed by the Parish Council - and refused by West Lindsey’s planning committee.

However, developers behind the project have launched an appeal.

Now, planning officers at West Lindsey have admitted it will be difficult to defend some of the decisions behind the initial refusal.

They include concerns over access to the proposed site - and the visual impact the new development will have on Bardney.

Parish Council chairman Charles Shaw said he was “disappointed” with the latest twist to the saga.

He stressed the Parish Council is not against new development in Bardney but said it had to be the “right houses and in the right place.”

Coun Shaw confirmed the Parish Council had raised concerns about the Hancock Drive plans.

He pointed out a number of residents had also been unhappy with the proposals.

Coun Shaw said drainage and access were particularly important after what he described as “serious issues” with previous developments in the village.

He added: “We are not against new homes - far from it. Bardney is an expanding community and people need homes to live in.

“However, the developments have to be right for Bardney, especially in terms of drainage.”

Coun Shaw said if the development did get the go ahead, it was important West Lindsey ensure any planning conditions are met - and any Section 106 money goes to improving local services.