Council rejects plan for 151 new homes

Developers want to build on open countryside in Welton EMN-150806-101205001
Developers want to build on open countryside in Welton EMN-150806-101205001

A controversial plan for 151 new homes has been unanimously rejected by West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee - despite officers recommending it for approval.

Welton & Jays Ltd had applied for permission to build 151 homes off Hackthorn Road in Welton but residents were concerned the village could not cope with the large development.

Villagers were delighted when WLDC’s planning committee threw out the proposal saying it would cause highway problems, detract from the rural character and that it was not essential to develop that area of open countryside.

Officers had advised councillors to approve the plan subject to conditions including a minimum of 20 per cent affordable housing and financial contributions towards health care, education, highways and bus stop improvements.

Speaking at the planning committee meeting at the WLDC offices in Gainsborough on Wednesday, June 3, Welton Parish Council vice chairman Alan Greenway said residents were not against development in general but they were “deeply concerned” about what impact this one would have on the 
village.

Coun Greenway asked the planning committee to consider the cumulative impact of this and other large developments, which have already been given the green light.

He said: “The issue of traffic is a serious problem.”

Representing the applicant, Katrina Hulse from DLP Planning, told the meeting the homes were “much needed”.

She said: “We consider this to be a sustainable development.

“This will provide much needed family housing in Welton for the future local families as their children grow up and need somewhere to live.”

Ms Hulse said the developer had agreed to give just under £1 million in section 106 funding towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure.

And she said the development would bring investment into the area.

WLDC councillor for Welton Diana Rogers told the meeting: “The proposal offers no facilities, just another bag of money.

“Enough is enough. There is no merit in this application.”

Bob Boulton, who was representing a goup of Welton villagers, told the meeting residents did not want the development to go 
ahead.

He said: “Apart from two supporters, the villagers overwhelmingly object to this development.”

He said ward councillors, parish councillors and MP Edward Leigh all objected to the development.

Mr Boulton said the only people in favour were the landowner, the developer and WLDC officers.

“No benefit to the village can be identified from this development,” he said.