We don’t want ‘concrete jungle’ says Horncastle Mayor

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A controversial housing development would transform part of Horncastle into a ‘concrete jungle’, town councillors were told.

Developers have submitted amended plans to East Lindsey District Council for 52 homes at ‘Greystones’ - a site off Lincoln Road.

However, members of the Town Council’s planning committee have re-affirmed their opposition to the scheme.

Speaking at a planning committee meeting, Mayor Councillor Sandra Campbell-Wardman said she noted the changes made in the amended plan - including a reduction of the number of homes.

However, she felt the site would still be “overdeveloped.”

She said: “Let’s face it, a reduction from 56 to 52 homes is not much is it?

“It would be like a concrete jungle and that’s the last thing we want to see.

“It’s too much. In fact, it’s not a lot better than when Tesco were wanting to put a supermarket on this site and everyone was against that.”

Coun Campbell-Wardman said the Town Council was not against all new development.

However, she stressed it had to be “the right development - in the right place.”

She added: “The town needs to grow. We accept it needs to move with the times.

“But that doesn’t mean every single application should go through.

“There are issues with this (Greystones). What is being proposed is too much.”

Coun Wardman said she would favour a bigger reduction in the number of homes.

She added: I would think between 35 and 40 - with bigger gardens.”

She claimed gardens would help allay concerns over flooding.

Coun Rose Williams agreed the site could be prone to flooding.

She also said she was concerned about the number of vehicles that would have to use the only access onto Lincoln Road.

She added Lincoln Road was already congested - particularly in the summer - and as many as 100 cars leaving and entering the proposed development would add to the problems.

Coun Brian Burbidge expressed concerns that part of the site could be contaminated, because it was formerly used as a garage for buses.

Councillors were also concerned some properties would overlook sporting facilities at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

However, Coun Stewart Attwood said he was in favour of the scheme and said it would provide much-needed low-cost housing.

Councillors voted to write to ELDC, highlighting the reasons behind their objections.