Mareham Road plans refused by ELDC

How the new-look housing deveopment on Mareham Road could look EMN-140421-110429001
How the new-look housing deveopment on Mareham Road could look EMN-140421-110429001

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee voted against proposals for a development in Horncastle over drainage concerns.

Plans for more than 120 homes on Mareham Road were refused by a vote of seven to four due to concerns of a deliverable scheme to alleviate flood risks on the site.

Horncastle Mayor and District Councillor Fiona Martin proposed the refusal of the plans and was seconded by Coun Laura Stephenson of Louth.

Two members of the public spoke out against the application.

Dr David Lawrence, representing the Horncastle Civic Society, spoke about concerns of proposed drainage plans and Coun Matthew Wilkinson spoke on behalf of Horncastle Town Council and as a concerned resident.

Coun Wilkinson pointed out that, according to the 2011 census, Horncastle has 3,178 homes and if four currently proposed housing applications went ahead there would be an increase of 20 per cent - 615 homes - in the town.

Speaking in support of the application was Simon Williams of Masons Chartered Surveyors.

Mr Williams pointed out that there were no objections from the Environment Agency, Witham Drainage Board or Lincolnshire County Council Highways.

He also said: “It’s regrettable that the Civic Society and others take a misled stance on the matter.”

Coun Martin said she was “extremely disappointed” that some information about plans for drainage was missing despite the original application being seen in November 2013.

Dr Lawrence brought up concerns regarding drainage pipes in the vicinity of the plot.

The plan was refused because the committee wanted to see evidence of a deliverable drainage scheme.