Plans for 38 new homes on Mareham le Fen farmland given green light


Grade II agricultural land in Mareham-le-Fen is to be sacrificed to make way for a 38-dwelling development.

At an East Lindsey planning committee, councillors approved by eight votes to two an outline application from Mr A. Sewell for a residential project on a 2.2-hectare site to the north of Main Street.

Both Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders and Coun Stuart Watson objected to the loss of “good quality growing land”, but the district council’s planning supremo, Chris Panton, reminded the committee that there was a shortage of building land in the district.

A report revealed that there had been seven objections from villagers, five of them from Watery Lane householders, with some complaining that their views would be compromised by the new homes.

But case officer Jane Baker said: “Loss of view is not a planning matter.

“The proposed dwellings will be sited far enough away not to appear adversely overbearing.

“Moreover, the layout will create scope for landscaping and public space which will reduce the dominance of the built form.”

Because the village is subject to drainage problems, there will be an attenuation pond to accommodate excess surface water following heavy rainfall.

Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders insisted that measures should be adopted to ensure children were not in danger of falling into the pond.