Too many homes and not enough parking

Concerns over the number of planning applications being submitted to build new homes without allocated car parking has been raised.

Market Rasen Town councillors voiced their fears while considering an application to demolish the derelict Waverley Court antiques and bric-a-brac store and construct four new homes.

But the application made no provision for residents to park their cars, stating that there was more than enough parking space in the town’s car parks.

Coun Ken Bridger said: “Can you believe it? This is getting beyond a joke.

“We are advertising free parking in the town for people to come in and shop and then we are filling the spaces up with people that live here.”

Mayor Steve Bunney added: “In this day and age we don’t want these houses without car parking.

“The residents will have to park in the town’s car parks which are already oversubscribed.

“I think we need to talk to the planners at West Lindsey ass buildings are being put up without car parking and this is cause for concern.”

The applicant stated that Waverley Court would not be accessible by vehicle as bollards would be installed.

But councillors said this would result in a lack of emergency access to the new homes.

Coun Martin Harvey said: “If there is not access for car, there is not access for fire crews.

“If there is a fire, who is going to put it out?”

Coun Steve Bunney also voiced his concerns that the antiques and bric-a-brac building, which members heard is now nothing more than a shell and has little or no roof left, was up for sale.

He was concerned that the applicant was merely looking to gain planning permission in order to increase the vale of the land, which he could then sell on to developers.

Planning committee chairman, coun Margaret Lakin-Whitworth also reminded members that 
they had objected to a 
previous planning application made in 2010, when it was proposed to build five new homes on the Waverley Court site, with access via the alley to the side of Jossals bistro and restaurant.

Market Rasen Town Council have recommended the application be rejected. It will now go before West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee.

The next full meeting of Market Rasen Town Council will be held on Wednesday January 9.