It’s perhaps a good thing developer Dave Nelstrop did not attend last week’s meeting on his housing plans in Market Rasen, he would surely have had a rough ride.
Residents and town councillors, speaking as individuals, were united in opposing his plans for 150 homes south of the town.
The 100 or so present raised fears over whether Market Rasen would be able to cope with the extra traffic his development would bring.
Town schools and doctor’s surgeries, already overstretched, would not be able to cope either, especially if, as some feared, the development instead brought 450 “cheap and nasty” houses squeezed in at 18 to the acre, instead of the planned 150.
There were flooding concerns too, with some residents saying extra housing would make worsen current flooding problems and Market Rasen’s sewerage system might not cope.
Residents also feared a “social housing ghetto” with unemployed people coming to a town that could not offer them jobs.
“Nelstrop intends to destroy the peaceful rural nature of our neighbourhood,” said one elderly resident.
Market Rasen district councillor Ken Bridger agreed the town does not have the jobs for social housing tenants as it is “cut off.”
Coun Bridger called on people to comment in the upcoming district plan from West Lindsey District Council.
“All these developers have jumped on the bandwagon. They have put in plans quickly (to try and beat it),” he said.
Mayor John Matthews said councillors “are residents too. We don’t want to see the town spoiled. It’s a massive development that will impact massively.”
Deputy Mayor Martin Harvey said though town councillors were aware of the opposition, the meeting was necessary.
“When we meet with West Lindsey, we have the ammunition to put to planning,” he said.
Coun Nigel Cook said the town council was limited in what it could do, but “it gives us greater strength to listen to your views.”
“We have listened and we will take it forward,” Mayor Matthews concluded.