1,000 new homes would be disaster for villages

Coun Colin Mair
Coun Colin Mair

Coningsby and Tattershall could be pushed beyond “breaking point” - if 1,000 new homes are built in the two villages over the next 15 years.

According to local County Councillor Colin Mair that is the number of homes allocated to the villages as part of East Lindsey District Council’s planning blueprint.

ELDC is coming under increasing pressure to allow more new homes to be built as part of a drive by central Government.

Coun Mair, who is chairman of the Coningsby and Tattershall Neighbourhood Development Plan committee, said the area could not cope with further large scale development.

He claimed local infrastructure was already at breaking point and warned many schools and NHS facilities were full.

Coun Mair pointed out major new developments had already taken place, but conceded other schemes were certain to target the area.

He said: “A lot of the primary schools are full. The doctor’s surgery in Coningsby is full. The practice manager is already working from a portable cabin. They desperately need to expand.

“On top of this, there are concerns about traffic, roads and flooding.

“And, where are all the people who buy these new homes going to work? .

“ELDC sees Coningsby and Tattershall as an area that has developed faster than anywhere else. Well, we don’t want any more homes.”

Coun Mair also admitted moves towards a local Neighbourhood Plan were on hold after a decision by an inspector to give the go-ahead for 300 new homes in Horncastle.

He added: “Basically, the inspector said the Horncastle Plan wasn’t worth the paper it had been written on because it is not site specific.”