Langton Hill homes would require 105 ‘extra’ school places

Revised plans for the Langton Hill site EMN-140107-094102001
Revised plans for the Langton Hill site EMN-140107-094102001

A controversial housing project in Horncastle would create the demand for more than 105 new school places in the town.

That is the claim made by Lincolnshire County Council following a decision by Gladman to submit a new application for 240 new homes at Langton Hill.

Gladman’s initial bid for 300 homes was rejected by East Lindsey District Council planning officers earlier this year.

Already, the new application has attracted strong opposition from residents and Horncastle Town Council.

Now, the County Council is warning that if the development goes ahead, the town would require 105 new school places - 52 primary, 46 secondary and nine at school- based sixth form level.

The County Council says developers would have to make a financial contribution to wards providing the extra places, via a Section 106 agreement.

The information is included in a letter sent to planners at ELDC by Steve Mason, the County Council’s Planning and Major Developments Manager.

Although disclosing the number of places, ELDC has removed details about the amount of money involved

Mr Mason reveals the County Council would not expect a financial contribution for the 52 extra primary school places.

He explains a major reasons behind that is the authority did not object to the first application which involved more homes.

In his letter, he says: “This substantial development would result in a direct impact on local schools.”

He points out there is already provision for more places at the town’s Primary School but the two secondary schools (Banovallum and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School) - are ‘projected full to permanent capacity.’

Mr Mason accepts the county council would be prepared to reduce any contribution because Banovallum and QEGS cater for pupils who live closer to other schools.

Meanwhile, the Town Council confirmed its opposition to the scheme at a planning committee meeting last week.

Councillors have concerns over a number of issues, including drainage/flooding, the impact on services and the fact it would be a hill-top development. Many of those concerns are shared by residents.