Flooding, sewage, views and jobs issues mean Langton Hill development is wrong Horncastle Mayor tells planning inquiry

Some of the protesters fighting the Langton Hill housing development ENGEMN00220131207091431
Some of the protesters fighting the Langton Hill housing development ENGEMN00220131207091431

Horncastle Town Council has “stood by” its earlier opposition to plans for up to 300 homes on Langton Hill.

Town Mayor Sandra Campbell-Wardmman told a public inquiry last week there remained three major issues on why it opposed the project from Gladman Developments: flooding, drainage and site location.

Storm water runoff would be problematic, she said, and Anglian Water warned the scheme would have “a detrimental effect on the existing sewage network,” which alone should be enough to justify refusal.

“Of particular concern to many people is the proposed hilltop location of this development. The impact it will have on the skyline and the views to and from the site will be detrimental to the town as a whole,” Mayor Campbell-Wardman said.

“Furthermore the council are seriously concerned that the sustainability of this application is unproven. The lack of employment opportunities in the area now and in the foreseeable future; the surplus of properties for sale currently and the significant number of new developments already approved render the economic case for this large and obtrusive development questionable to say the least. There appears to be little economic justification for this project and no long term benefit to the town or its people,” she said.

Mayor Campbell-Wardman also said volunteers are currently working with the town council to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan. While people are keen to see Horncastle “develop and succeed” this particular scheme had received an “overwhelming response” against it.

“The council agrees with the people,” she said.

Save Langton Hill Action Group spokesman David Rice said his campaigners did all they could and all they can do now is wait for the appeal process to conclude.

“We would like to thank those residents of Horncastle who spoke up in support of the town,” he said.

David Kozak of the Planning Inspectorate said it was now “a matter of waiting” and we are “probably looking at a good few months” for a result.

Despite repeated requests for comment, Gladman Developments did not comment on the inquiry as we went to press.