Horncastle’s Greystones is back on the planning agenda

The Reindeer Close site destined to become a new housing estate?
The Reindeer Close site destined to become a new housing estate?

A controversial scheme for new homes in Horncastle is back on the agenda after developers submitted amended plans.

An initial application for 56 homes at Greystones off Lincoln Road appeared last August but attracted widespread opposition from residents and politicians.

There were claims the number of homes being proposed was too many for the site.

Issues about flooding and access were also raised while owners of adjoining properties complained about a loss of privacy.

It was pointed out some of the new homes directly overlooked tennis courts and playing fields at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

The development site is owned by Tesco, which was strongly linked with building a new supermarket until it ran into planning problems.

Now, architects have submitted an amended plan for houses to East Lindsey District Council.

They have reduced the number of dwellings from 56 to 52 and say other revisions were made following feedback from clients and various agencies - including planners.

The changes include a completely new-look road lay-out and an additional access from and to Reindeer Close.

The original position of several properties has also been altered.

According to resident Ian Watson, most of the initial problems still exist.

He said: “The main access to the site is off a very busy section of Lincoln Road.

“I know they are talking about fewer houses but 52 is still way too many for that site.

“There is the flooding aspect, particularly if they go ahead and build the 300 new homes on the opposite side of Lincoln Road at Langton Hill.

“Where is all the water going to go? How will the drains cope?

“Some of the houses still look straight at the tennis courts.

“There are trees on the plans but they take time to grow. Who’s to say they will ever be planted.”

The development is part of a lengthy list of new housing schemes for Horncastle - sparking fears that the town’s infrastructure is in danger of being overloaded.

Apart from 300 new homes at Langton Hill, permission has been given for 129 properties at Mareham Road and more than 80 at a site off Louth Road.

Horncastle Town Council’s planning committee debated the revised Greystones application at a meeting last night (Tuesday).

However, it is ELDC which will have the final say at a time when the authority admits it is coming under increasing pressure from central Government to approve more applications.