Campaign to halt new homes goes on

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Campaigners opposed to the largest housing development in Horncastle’s history have vowed their fight will go on.

Residents are still waiting for an update on plans by Crowders to build as many as 500 new homes at a site off Lincoln Road.

East Lindsey District Council has confirmed that it does not intend to include any potential sites for development in Horncastle as part of its Local Plan.

However, Stewart Atwood, the chairman of the group opposed to the Crowders development, described the Local Plan proposals as ‘pretty meaningless’.

He says there was still time for developers to submit applications - before the plan is approved by a Government inspector which is likely to be in the early stages of 2017.

Mr Attwood said: “Crowders - or any other application - could still come before the planning committee at ELDC so we have to remain vigilant.”

ELDC has indicated there was no date scheduled for the application while applicant Robert Crowder has previously stated he would not comment, while the planning process was on going.

Meanwhile, Mr Attwood said he was still holding discussions with Horncastle’s MP Victoria Atkins with regard to Section 106 agreements.

The agreements bind developers to paying money to improve local services, including schools, transport and the NHS.

However, Mr Attwood is concerned that some developments in Horncastle have been allowed to go ahead - without the provision for 106 funding.

l A Horncastle site with outline planning permission for 75 new dwellings is on the market at £2.5m. The site is at Brackenbury Heights.