Horncastle Jehovah’s Witness plan secures backing

General News.
General News.

Plans for a new place of worship in Horncastle have moved a significant step closer after winning key support from town councillors.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have applied for permission to develop a site off Boston Road, opposite White Farm House.

The new development would be adjacent to the Original Factory Shop outlet.

The application includes the erection of a single storey building, an outdoor area for relaxation and meditation, a car park and a new access to and from the A158.

There has been one objection to the proposal which raised concerns about another access route in an already busy area.

Apart from the neighbouring retail outlet, there is also a petrol station - and the main road access and exit route to the Boston Road Industrial Estate.

Roughton Parish Council has written to planners at East Lindsey District Council saying the majority of its members object to the development.

A resident also contacted the News to say he had worries about an increase in traffic.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s very busy area. There are three or four turnings off Boston Road within 100 yards.

“There are a lot of HGVs and no-one seems to stick to the speed limit.”

However, Horncastle Town Council’s planning and development committee has agreed to support the application.

Town clerk Gillian Mauger said councillors had discussed traffic issues.

However, she added they felt the width of the proposed access would offset any issues.

Crucially, the Witham Drainage Board and Lincolnshire County Council’s historical environment officers have not raised any objections.

However, the county council’s Highways department has still to comment.

A final decision on the application will rest with planners at ELDC.