Another big housing project looks set to go ahead in Horncastle.
At an East Lindsey planning committee meeting, members gave the green light to The Brackenbury Trust’s outline scheme for “up to 75” dwellings to be built on a 3.1-hectare site west of Brackenbury Close.
The application has sparked intense controversy.
Although the town council supports the development, many nearby residents have voiced concerns about increased traffic, flood risk, crime, noise, pressure on schools and medical practices and over-development of agricultural land which is designated either Grade II (very good) or Grade III (good to moderate).
Of 14 written objections received by ELDC’s planning department, five were from Brackenbury Close, four each from Langton Drive and Langton Close and one from Woodhall Road.
Some of these were voiced by Shaun Lamming and Lorna Fitzpatrick who each gave brief presentations to councillors.
The committee also heard from Nick Grace and a Mr Harness, both of whom supported the application.
There were also 10 letters of support, including one from the Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street.
The maximum number of dwellings will be 75 though it could be fewer if it is found that the site cannot accommodate a number of this size.
Some 20 per cent will be “affordable”/ social housing, including some of just one or two bedrooms.
Because many of the incoming residents will be families, the developers will be expected to contribute £424,315 towards the cost of providing up to 60 pupil places at Banovallum school.
There will also be a requirement to chip in with £30,525 to upgrade facilities at the Horncastle GP surgery.
A protected species survey found no badgers on the site, but there are great crested in a pond 200 metres to the south-east of it.
There is a recommendation that as many trees as possible should be retained and that nestboxes should be installed on some of them to accommodate nesting house sparrows – a declining species.
In her report recommending approval, case officer Jane Greenfield says that a development “can be designed in such a way as not to adversely affect the amenities of adjoining or nearby residences nor the overall character of the area”.
Her report continues “The site can be adequately drained, and the road network is capable of taking additional traffic without adverse impact on safety.”
Details of the layout, access arrangements and style of the houses (possibly including some flats) are due to go before the committee at a later date.
This will provide residents with an opportunity to make further comments.