ELDC says yes to new Woodhall Spa homes

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A proposed new housing development in Woodhall Spa has been given the green light.

The outline application by Broadgate Homes Limited to erect 50 houses on land off Witham Road was approved on a 12-0 vote at last Thursday’s East Lindsey District Council planning meeting.

However, despite the committee’s unanimity, the plan was described as “disappointingly unimaginative” by Coun Ed Mossop.

He said: “We will just be getting a linear development all the way to the bridge at Kirkstead.”

Misgivings were also sounded by Coun Pauline Watson, who claimed that important agricultural land was being forfeited to make way for the project.

Recommending approval, case officer Andy Allen suggested that 12 bat boxes should be installed in line with advice from an ecological survey of the site.

He explained: “Local authorities have an obligation to enhance biodiversity through the planning system,”

Because the site is home to several songbird species, a further stipulation is that any construction activity “should commence outside the active nesting season which runs from March through to late August”.

The Broadgate scheme is the latest in a long line of new developments planned for Woodhall Spa.

That has led to concerns raised by residents and parish councillors about the impact on local services - and on Woodhall’s reputation as one of the county’s most attractive and popular villages.

The parish council did not object to the Broadgate application but suggest several recommendations.