Horncastle Town councillors say no to new homes

The proposed site for the new homes off Lincoln Road, Horncastle
The proposed site for the new homes off Lincoln Road, Horncastle

Town councillors in Horncastle are calling for developers behind plans for 56 new homes in the Lincoln Road area to think again.

Westleigh Developments have submitted plans to East Lindsey District Council for the homes on behalf of landowners Tesco at the former Reindeer Close Industrial Estate.

However, members of the Town Council’s planning committee are opposed to the scheme after raising a number of concerns.

A final decision rests with ELDC, but if they say no it will be another setback for Tesco whose own plans to develop a new supermarket on the site were scuppered three years ago.

Councillor Bill Aron revealed the town council planning committee felt the proposed development was not suitable because of the ‘high density’ of dwellings.

He said: “The committee asked that the application be refused and the developer asked to come back with a proposal for a small number of dwellings.

“The committee also had concerns about drainage issues, as noted up by the Witham 3rd District Internal Drainage Board, and asked that these be addressed before any development was approved.

“Members also requested that Anglian Water confirm that the existing Horncastle sewers had the capacity to cope with an additional housing development of this size.

“The proposed number of dwellings in this application would also cause highways issues and add to the congestion already suffered on that road at peak times.”

Coun Aron said that other matters that needed addressing included:

*landscaping on the Grammar School boundary to offer privacy

*the inclusion of green open spaces for a play area

*a separate pedestrian access from the site into the town

He also called for Section 106 agreements to be put in place to improve the town’s health and education services.