Development in Woodhall Spa recommended for approval despite strong local objections

Under threat?: Services in Woodhall Spa are already close to breaking point as parish councillors warn about the impact of  more new homes ahead of tomorrows plannning meeting
Under threat?: Services in Woodhall Spa are already close to breaking point as parish councillors warn about the impact of more new homes ahead of tomorrows plannning meeting

Planners at East Lindsey District Council are recommending approval of a controversial development of up to 250 new homes in Woodhall Spa - despite strong objections from parish councillors and residents.

The authority’s planning committee will tomorrow (Thursday) discuss an outline application from Broadgate Homes for a site off Gleneagles Drive.

Although committee members will make a final decision, documents show planning officer Andy Booth is recommending approval - with conditions.

In July, more than 120 residents attended a packed public meeting in Woodhall Spa and raised a raft of objections over the scheme.

Woodhall Spa Parish Council says it shares those concerns and has written to ELDC to ‘strongly object’ to the plan.

The parish council stresses it is concerned about the ‘cumulative effect’ the development will have.

The letter states: “This application cannot be considered in isolation.

“Woodhall Spa currently has approximately 1,800 homes, this planning application and other recent applications at various stages of the application process add up to a potential 1,000 new homes, increasing the number of homes by more than 50%.

“The strain this will have on ALL aspects of village life must be considered.”

The letter goes on to identify particular concerns including highways issues and the impact on village services.

It adds: “The doctors and dental surgery are already reaching full capacity. A development of this size would put people’s health at risk as services which are currently fit to burst would become completely inefficient and ineffective to treat the residents of Woodhall Spa.

“The schools in the area are also not able to cope with a massive influx. A development of 250 dwelling will certainly have families with various aged children trying to access school places, and this will not be possible due to overcrowding and lack of availability.

“The children of Woodhall Spa would be badly served with the development of this site and potentially lose out on the basic school education every child deserves to have access to.”

Almost 40 residents have also written letters of objection to ELDC.

In their application, Broadgate Homes say the site has already been identified for development by ELDC. They stress the development would help meet ‘district-wide’ housing needs and stress their plan caters for concerns about issues like flooding and access.