People in a Horncastle cul-de-sac have joined the fight to stop a housing development after new drainage proposals created a right stink.
Homeowners in Corn Close were shocked to discover Anglian Water is proposing to install a ‘storage facility’ for sewage within yards of their properties..
The facility will help cope with the waste generated by 500 new homes at the proposed Crowders development off nearby Lincoln Road.
Initially, the Environment Agency had objected to the plans because of concerns about drainage of the site.
Now, though, the Agency has dropped that objection after Anglian Water submitted their proposals.
The News has seen a report by Anglian Water which states the housing development would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the town’s existing sewerage network.
In order to ‘mitigate the impact’, Anglian Water suggests various improvements including upsizing existing sewers on Elmhirst Lane , Prospect Street, the A158 and the B1191.
In addition to Corn Close, storage would also be provided at the Banovallum combined overflow and at the Sports Ground storm overflow.
Anglian Water indicates the total capital cost of the scheme would be £1,185.847 with the developer contributing £489,150.
The report concludes that the suggestions are ‘based on a solution generated by a desktop hydraulic model.”
It adds: “These are estimated figures which are not to be relied upon without further detailed investigation.”
Residents in Corn Close have already written to East Lindsey District Council, expressing their concerns.
They say they were unaware of the planned storage facility until they read an article in the Horncastle News earlier this month.
They add: “All the land around Corn Close is designated wash area, unsuitable for any development because it is unstable and prone to severe flooding - as the 2007 experience proved.
“We consider that such a proposal would cause disruption and vastly increase the risk of flooding.”
Stewart Attwood, chairman of an action group set up to stop the development, said he could understand the anger and frustration of residents.
He said there was already ‘intense pressure’ on the town’s drainage system - without the added impact of any major new housing developments.
He added: “This isn’t just about Corn Close. If the system fails, it could affect every single house in Horncastle.”
Residents have already raised issues about other issues – including an increase in traffic and the pressure on schools and health services.
Crowders maintain the development - which would feature a new garden centre - would generate jobs and provide much needed housing.