Housing plans - I was horrified by comments about homes

I write in response to last week’s story headlined “Major worries over new homes” in Caistor.

I read your article with interest and complete horror at some of the statements made by some Caistor town councillors.

There appears to be a complete lack of vision for the future of Caistor. The town needs to grow and create more footfall in terms of visitors, residents and jobs/employment.

The improvement in the town’s infrastructure will only come about as a result of new developments and Section 106 agreements (or their equivalents) which ensure that developers contribute to the cost of new or improved infrastructure.

New homes bring more revenue, whereas houses for sale do not. Houses will sell at the right price.

I don’t understand the concern about the proposed development along Brigg Road opposite the sports field.

It is an “infill” site well within the 800 metres specified in the emerging neighbourhood plan.

The “dangerous bend” is down to bad driving and the landscape will be enhanced by sensitively-designed properties which blend in to their surroundings.

Contrary to popular belief, the development is not in Waterhills.

And just to be absolutely clear, Waterhills is not used for recreation purposes, except during snowfall, when it becomes a favourite place for tobogganing.

The remainder of the time, Waterhills is too soggy for recreational purposes due to the presence of a number of springs in the hillside.

That development will no more affect the views or visual amenity than other properties that back on to it.

As with the comment about drainage, if that is not resolved, the development will not go ahead, so why mention it?

West Lindsey District Council will deal with that as it does with every other planning application.

Brownfield sites in Caistor are a major concern, particularly the old council depot on Mill Lane and the old council offices off Southdale, which were abandoned as a result of local government reorganisation in 1974, 41 years ago.

It is time that these sites were redeveloped – and should be where Caistor Town Council concentrates its vision for the future.

Finally, the medieval fish ponds off Navigation Lane are not within a scheduled ancient monument – they are merely a feature within that area that were used as fish ponds in medieval times.

Roy Schofield

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