Langton Hill residents set for new battle

Richard Barker on Langton Hill Horncastle ENGEMN00120131115141230
Richard Barker on Langton Hill Horncastle ENGEMN00120131115141230

Campaigners battling to halt a major residential development in Horncastle this week promised: “We’re ready for another fight.”

Residents in the Langton Hill area were celebrating two months ago when ELDC rejected plans for more than 300 new homes.

Now, reports indicate developers Gladman have launched an appeal.

Campaign group spokesman David Rice said they were aware of the appeal and ready for a new fight.

He said: “It’s difficult to say on what grounds Gladman are appealing because no-one has seen any details.

“We know the appeal has gone in and we’re ready for another fight.

“We stand by our original objections.”

There was widespread opposition to the scheme with residents and several town councillors raising major concerns.

They include worries about flooding, an increase in traffic and the pressure on already struggling health and education facilities in the town.

Another major objection is the planned development was on a hill-side and would be visible for miles around

It is thought Gladman’s decision could lead to a lengthy - and expensive - public enquiry.

News of the Gladman appeal comes just hours after confirmation developers have re-submitted an application for 129 new homes off Mareham Road.

Again,there have been strong objections to the scheme from by residents and town councillors.

ELDC planning officers recommended approval, but a planning committee deferred a decision amid doubts about figures contained in a drainage report submitted by developers.

Developers have now submitted a new drainage report and a decision on the revised application is expected this month.