Horncastle residents oppose new plan for 56 homes

Plans for the proposed site off Lincoln Road, Horncastle
Plans for the proposed site off Lincoln Road, Horncastle

Opposition is already starting to mount against plans for 56 new homes at a site initially set aside for a new supermarket in Horncastle.

Westleigh Developments has submitted plans to East Lindsey District Council for the homes at ‘Greystones’, off Lincoln Road.

It is better known as the former Reindeer Close Industrial Estate, which was subject to a failed bid by Tesco for a new supermarket four years ago.

Residents living close to the site have written to ELDC, raising a number of concerns.

And the town’s History and Heritage Society has said that while the site is suitable for housing, the proposed application has “a number of failings.”

Dr David Lawrence, writing on behalf of the Society, highlighted several issues.

He said: “The Society is of the strong view that the development as proposed is too dense.

“Housing is a good solution. In this case, some refinement is needed before an acceptable design is achieved.”

Dr Lawrence also mentions concerns about drainage and access from Lincoln Road.

He said the Society has concerns that the new development would overlook sports facilities at the neighbouring Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

He added: “Children in sports clothes deserve some privacy.”

The Society’s views are supported by residents.

They say the prospect of an additional 100 cars entering/leaving the development would add to existing traffic problems.

They add concerns about a loss of privacy - and flooding.

The plans feature eight blocks of terraced houses and 16 pairs of semi detached homes, with parking places. Existing buildings would be demolished.

Members of Horncastle Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee discussed the application last night (Tuesday). It is the latest in a number of major new housing developments.