Horncastle Planning Committee Chairman voices concerns over town’s future

Councillors Bill Aron and Fiona Martin survey the scene at Horncastle's Langton Hill, soon to be the site of a major new housing development EMN-140712-204637001

Councillors Bill Aron and Fiona Martin survey the scene at Horncastle's Langton Hill, soon to be the site of a major new housing development EMN-140712-204637001

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The chairman of Horncastle Town Council’s Planning Committee has admitted he is concerned about the impact of new houses on the local infra-structure.

Councillor Bill Aron stressed town councillors were not opposed to some new development but said that he had concerns about a number of issues - including highways, flooding, schools and health provision.

He also said that a recent meeting between town councillors and ELDC’s planning portfolio holder Craig Leyland had failed to resolve a number of issues.

Coun Aron said: “We asked Coun Leyland to our meeting so that he could explain why ELDC were not in a position to resist all these development proposals.

“It appears there are a lot of unanswered questions as to why ELDC are not able to do so.

“Horncastle Town Council is not opposed to development within the town, but we have been opposed to large developments that will adversely impact on the highways and drainage of Horncastle, as well as services such as education and health provision. We have also approached the County Council regarding this.

“Importantly, it is the cumulative effect that we don’t believe is being taken into account properly.”