VIDEO: Concerned Horncastle residents hit out at Crowder plans for 500 new homes

Concerned residents have hit out a controversial plans to build 500 new homes in Horncastle and warned they feared for the future of the town, if the project does go ahead.

Around 100 residents packed into a meeting of the Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee at Horncastle College on Tuesday night.

Robert Crowder talking the public through the plans

Robert Crowder talking the public through the plans

They heard Robert Crowder outline plans for hundreds of new homes off Lincoln Road as part of one of the town’s biggest ever developments.

Mr Crowder, who represents the family-owned company, also wants to build a new garden centre and a ‘care’ facility as part of the scheme.

Mr Crowder said it was inevitable Horncastle would expand because of the need for new homes, in line with Government regulations.

He told the meeting it was better that the development was in the hands of a trusted local family - rather than out-of-town developers.

A packed meeting at Horcnastle College this week

A packed meeting at Horcnastle College this week

Mr Crowder pledged their would be extra jobs created and the development would boost the town’s business community.

He said: “My family has been in this community for 217 years and we hope to be here for a bit longer yet.”

He said the plans had been finalised after discussions with East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Horncastle’s Neighbourhood Development Plan team.

He also claimed the scheme would help reduce the risk of flooding - and ease problems with the speed of traffic on Lincoln Road.

Brian Burbidge, chairman of the planning committee, trying to calm the audience

Brian Burbidge, chairman of the planning committee, trying to calm the audience

However, the majority of residents attacked Mr Crowder’s proposals in what at times was a stormy meeting.

One resident claimed flooding would actually become much worse - because of the sheer volume of water.

There were also fears that roads in the area - including Elmhirst Road and Prospect Street - would become rat runs.

Residents also heard concerns had been raised by education officials and the NHS about the impact on the town’s already stretched front line facilities.

Mr Crowder said funding would be available to boost services via a Section 106 agreement.

One resident told Mr Crowder he did not care about the town and was only interested in “money, money, money.”

The Town Council deferred a decision on the application until after another meeting when it is hoped officials from the County Council and the Environment Agency will attend.