Village calls in ELDC to explain planning

Planning confusion in Belchford
Planning confusion in Belchford

Residents in Belchford are calling for answers from East Lindsey District Council amid claims all future housing development in the village could effectively be barred.

The village parish council held a special meeting last week to discuss two planning applications.

During the meeting, it emerged a recent application for a house off Main Road had been refused by East Lindsey District Council.

Planners vetoed the proposals, saying it would lead to to the ‘creation of a new unit of market housing in an unsustainable location’.

They added Belchford is a ‘village with limited facilities and services and has minimal linkage with other nearby settlements with such facilities’.

However, it was disclosed at the meeting that a recent application for four homes at a nearby location had been approved.

That decision followed the ‘green light’ for other new houses in the village.

One resident informed the meeting that a four bedroom house was being constructed on the back of planning permission awarded for a three bedroom house almost 30 years ago.

Parish council chairman Ian Goodall described the entire planning process as ‘confusing’.

He said: “Clearly, we need to find out whether Belchford is sustainable or unsustainable. It can’t be both. Either new homes can be built here - or they can’t.”

Councillors agreed to invite a representative from ELDC to explain their planning policy.

*Parish councillors objected to proposals for two four bedroom homes on the site of an existing bungalow on Narrow Lane.