Plant hire houses panned as “extremely greedy”

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Plans for up to 19 houses off Gallamore Lane have been slammed as “extremely greedy” by Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews.

Though the proposed site technically falls within the parish of Middle Rasen, the town council’s planning committee last week resolved to relay to its parish council their concerns over site density and lack of off-street parking.

Harry Miller of ScanMech Plant (Sales & Marketing) seeks to build the homes on the 0.83ha site of its former plant hire operation on the edge of Market Rasen.

The homes would be a variety of 1,2,3 and 4-bedroomed homes, with five of them classed as ‘affordable’ housing.

Planning Committee chairwoman Margaret Lakin-Whitworth said so many houses would put pressure on De Aston School, the doctors surgery and the dentist in Market Rasen.

“The other thing that bothers me more than anything else is there’s no footpath down Gallamore Lane,” she said.

Other members also noted the lack of a footpath and no street lighting in the lane.

“From appearances, the houses are jammed in,” said Coun James Patton, looking at a plan.

“It does seem extremely greedy,” continued Mayor Matthews, who added other developments in Market Rasen are not as dense.