Woodhall Spa residents step up bid to stop new housing

Protesters at the Rally Field earlier this month
Protesters at the Rally Field earlier this month

Residents in Woodhall Spa have revealed more details of their bid to halt a controversial housing development on a popular community field.

Waterloo Housing want to develop the Rally Field, off Alexander Road.

However, their plans have met fierce opposition from residents.

More than 100 people staged a ‘camp out’ two weeks ago and 800 have signed a petition against the housing plans.

Now, one of the leading campaigners - John Finley - has revealed details of a letter he has sent to East Lindsey District Council.

In the letter, Mr Finley calls on ward district councillor Craig Leyland to take “direct action” with regard to the housing plans.

Mr Finley says: “I believe your responsibility as a ward representative for Woodhall Spa and your position on the East Lindsey District Council Executive Board places you in an ideal position to take direct action with regard to the planning application and proposed sale of land.”

Mr Finley goes on to list a number of points which he says should be taken into account by planners including:

*ELDC’s own strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) identifies the Rally Field site as protected.

*SHLAAA does not identify Woodhall Spa as an area deficit for housing provision.

*Green infrastructure policy indicates the site should be protected.

*Open space, sport and recreation policy indicates the site should be protected.

*A five-year housing plan for Woodhall Spa is already overly supported.

*Community efforts to secure the field as a community asset.

*The financial impact on Jubilee Park.

The application was due to be discussed by ELDC’s planning committee next month, but the News understands the matter could be put back to a later date.

Coun Leyland told the News he sympathised with local residents.

However, he said the matter was complicated because Waterloo’s efforts to secure permission for housing on another site close to the Rally Field had been delayed after residents submitted an application for village green status.