Decision deferred on “totally alien” houses

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Grasby residents turned out in force last week to oppose plans for seven homes in a field off Bentley Lane.

West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee deferred a decision on the social housing project from Lindum Homes for a site visit.

Grasby Parish Council vice-chairman Alec Brown told the meeting that more than 50 villagers had written to oppose the project and none were in favour.

The flood-prone Bentley Lane was narrow and unsuitable for the traffic the development would bring and it would damage local wildlife.

Branding the homes “town houses”, he described them as “an sympathetic addition to the village,” saying more suitable brownfield sites existed in the village.

Stuart Mitchell of Lindum Homes said the houses would be for local residents and followed a survey which showed a need for them. Central government had allocated funding for the homes, which would be managed and owned by the Waterloo Housing Association. The unused pasture site was identified as suitable for housing by WLDC after a “call for land.”

However, objector Peter Kullich said the housing needs survey was out-of-date and the homes were “a block of flats in a townhouse style in an open field.”

Coun Lewis Strange said the “proposal was in the wrong place” and would harm the character of the village.

Members then backed a call from Coun Giles McNeil for a site visit.

“The aesthetics of the design is totally alien to the rurality of the location,” he said.

As the meeting paused for villagers to leave, committee chairman Stuart Curtis said: “I think the whole of Grasby has turned out tonight.”