‘Enough is enough - our infrastructure can’t cope with more housing’ say councillors

UKIP united: Julia Pears and Colin Mair who are concerned about the number of new homes in Coningsby
UKIP united: Julia Pears and Colin Mair who are concerned about the number of new homes in Coningsby

Coningsby councillors have warned the village can’t cope with more housing, without “serious improvements” to the local infrastructure.

Their comments come as development giants Gladman have revealed plans for new homes off Old Boston Road.

Gladman is at the centre of even bigger projects in Horncastle and Louth which have led to similarly major concerns about the pressure on local services.

Coningsby has already seen hundreds of new homes built, but one prominent councillor told the News this week: “Enough is enough.”

Kathy Roberts, clerk to Coningsby Town Council, said councillors had discussed the Gladman application at “some length”.

She revealed the development would add to congestion in the village and increase demand on schools and health provision.

She added: “The main concern is that the village cannot keep taking on more housing without serious infrastructure improvements.

“Coningsby Town Council is not apposed to providing homes. This will keep the village vibrant and help to maintain the services.

“But we can’t just accept the housing without all the associated roads, footways and doctors.

“Coningsby Primary School has been extended and the council believe there is no more room for expansion on this site, the list is endless.”

The council has written to planners at East Lindsey District Council raising their concerns about the Gladman development which, initially, is for 26 homes. The site, though, could accommodate many more.

Councillors are hoping the neighbouring RAF base will support calls for Section 106 funding for major improvements, including extending Old Boston Road to the B1192.

The council says it would reduce congestion in the village centre by 60-80 per cent.

Local county councillor Colin Mair said he backed the Town Council and warned Coningsby was in danger of being swamped by new homes.

He added: “Expansion is all well and good but the infrastructure is already under intense pressure.

“We’ve had hundreds of homes built. You just wonder where all these newcomers are going to work although of course, that is not a consideration when it comes to planning.”

District councillor Julia Pears said there was still demand for affordable housing in Coningsby and pointed out there were plenty of local builders “desperate for work.”

However, she said she agreed that concerns about local infrastructure should come first.