Councillor hits out at ELDC over homes

Councillor Bill Aron
Councillor Bill Aron

A prominent Horncastle councillor has launched a strong attack on East Lindsey District Council as the row over new homes in the town lingers on.

Councillor Bill Aron, chairman of Horncastle Town Council’s planning committee, hit out after ELDC made a controversial U-turn on a decision to initially reject 129 new homes off Mareham Road.

Combined with recent other decisions regarding proposed developments at Langton Hill and Louth Road, it means more than 500 new homes could be heading for Horncastle.

Coun Aron, who is also chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The announcement that ELDC have withdrawn their objection to the Mareham Road development will put even more pressure on this historic market town.”

Coun Aron said he would continue to raise concerns about flooding and highways issues with various agencies.

He added: “It has become very clear that the people of Horncastle - and the Town Council - have had their hands tied by central Government due to ELDC not having a five-year housing/land strategy.

“That leaves the town open to each application being viewed as an individual site without any defence whatsoever to the “overload” of our infrastructure.

“ELDC should not have allowed historic towns - such as Horncastle and Louth - to be compromised as they have been.”