Plans for 300 new homes on Langton Hill, Horncastle, thrown out

Some of the protesters fighting the Langton Hill housing development
Some of the protesters fighting the Langton Hill housing development
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Campaigners have hailed a decision to reject controversial plans for 300 homes in Horncastle as a victory for people power.

Planning officers at 
East Lindsey District 
Council turned down an application by developers Gladman for houses on Langton Hill.

The scheme had attracted widespread opposition and confirmation of the verdict sparked celebrations among residents who formed an action group to fight the proposals.

Group spokesman David Rice said: “It’s brilliant news - not just for us but for Horncastle.

“It felt like the whole town was behind us. No-one wanted this.

“We’d like to thank everyone who supported us. It shows what can happen when communities come together.

“It is a victory for people power.

“It was hard work but it has been worth it.”

In rejecting the application, ELDC raised a number of concerns.

Officers decided the development would be on a highly visible hill 
top, contrary 
to national planning policy.

They also said the estate would reduce the separation between Horncastle and Thimbleby village and have an impact on the setting of Langton Windmill, a listed building.

They agreed the development would result in increased traffic problems at the junction of West Street, Jubilee Way and Lincoln Road, which officers described as a “potentially hazardous location.”

Officers also doubted whether Horncastle had the infrastructure and services to cope with an influx of so many houses.

All those points had been raised by residents and ELDC received more than 100 objections.

Many of those objections included fears about an increased risk of flooding.

Horncastle Town 
Council also objected to the proposals.

Coun Richard Barker, chairman of the council’s planning and development committee, welcomed the decision.

He said: “I am delighted for the town as a whole and for the residents who have put in so much hard work.”

Coun Barker refused to comment on whether he felt the rejection would have a bearing on plans for other major housing developments in Horncastle - including 129 homes at Mareham Road.

He added: “I look forward to reading the reasons why this application was turned down and why the Mareham Road development was only deferred.”

Coun Barker also questioned why a decision on such a large proposal as Langton Hill was made by planning officers and had not been discussed by ELDC’s full planning committee.

Gladman Developments did not returns calls from the News asking for a comment but sources have suggested they - and the owners of the site - could appeal the decision.