Planners reject new homes for village

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West Linsdey planners have failed to give the green light to two controversial housing applications - refusing one and deferring the other for more consultation.

Welton & Jays Ltd - the company behind a proposal for 151 new homes off Hackthorn Road in Welton - has withdrawn its offer to provide a medical 
centre.

This has forced West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee to put the application on hold and go back to the public for more consultation.

The council said: “It was proposed, that given such a significant change there should be further public consultation prior to the determination of the application, and the application be deferred to a future meeting.”

Residents opposing the development say they are concerned about how the village will cope with a growing population.

WLDC’s principal development management officer Russell Clarkson told the meeting the applicant had withdrawn the medical centre following a lukewarm response from the public and as it was not supported by NHS 
England.

He said the developer had now proposed to make a capital contribution towards health infrastructure in accordance with NHS advice, and that a gift would be made of a section of public open space with a covenant attached restricting its future use only as a medical centre.

In Grasby, an application for seven new homes off Bentley Lane has been turned down by WLDC’s planning committee after it got 50 letters of objection.

Committee members refused planning permission over a lack of parking and concerns about the drainage provision and current lack of a maintenance 
agreement.

It was also noted the four proposed flats would not be suitable for the elderly or young people with families.

Residents had been worried about a lack of amenities, such as a shop, and limited public transport or local 
services.

There were also concerns the new homes would spoil the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, devalue 
nearby properties and put pressure on the village primary school.

Speaking at the planning committee meeting Coun Lewis Strange said there s
hould be further investigation into alternative sites 
for just four affordable 
homes.