Now Rasen joins rush to build new housing

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Market Rasen has joined the development rush with landowner David Nelstrop calling a meeting to discuss plans to build up to 150 homes on land south of Linwood Chase.

The move comes as Chestnut Homes consults over its plans for 275 homes at Dunholme. And tonight, West Lindsey District Councillors have been recommended by officers to approve 63 homes on land east of Hackthorn Road, Welton, plus 11 more in two separate projects in nearby Sudbrooke.

This follows the Planning Inspectorate turning down an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for 74 homes on land off Ryland Road, between Dunholme and Welton.

David Nelstrop is staging a ‘drop in session’ at Market Rasen’s Festival Hall tomorrow (July 24) between 4pm-7pm. He plans to develop on 15 acres of arable land he bought 15 years ago on the edge of Market Rasen, saying there is a shortage of homes in West Lindsey and across Lincolnshire.

“We had an initial discussion with the planning officers at West Lindsey whereby we discussed a planning application to assist the council in meeting the housing land supply shortage,” he said.

“We would hope that the homes would be sensitive to the local area, of good design with decent-sized gardens. The local policy sets out targets for affordable housing of up to 30 per cent.”

David Nelstrop says the plans have been “in the pipeline for a while” and are not coming now because the district council lacks a local plan, which is said to be fuelling an upsurge in planning applications.

The owner of The Willows Garden Centre at Glentham describes himself as “a local man with varied business interests.”

“These new homes will deliver work to the area, allow people currently in rented accommodation to buy an affordable home, and help Market Rasen to remain a sustainable town with thriving local shops, as well as making financial contributions to local services such as schools and the doctor’s surgery via the local planning policy,” he said.

Chestnut Homes also cites housing shortages in its plans for 275 homes in Dunholme between Honeyholes Lanes and Lincoln Road. It too says its homes will help support village services.

Around a quarter of these homes would be ‘affordable’ and managed by a housing association. It staged a public exhibition on its plans on July 9 at Dunholme Village Hall and residents have until Friday (July 25) to comment.

Tonight, West Lindsey Councillors are recommended to approve 63 homes at Welton, subject to the Environment Agency removing its objection. The plan would see developer Turley Farms make nine of the homes affordable and contribute £223,761 towards education facilities, £26,755 towards health facilities, and £100,000 towards highway improvements in the locality.

Dunholme Councillor Sue Rawlins said despite officer recommendations, it was still up to the councillors to decide on this and the Sudbrooke proposals. Neighbourhood plans were being developed for Dunholme and Welton but these would have to fit in with the wider Local Plan.

“A lot of development proposals we are seeing are getting ahead of that core strategy,” she said.

Coun Rawlins welcomed the dismissal of the appeal over greyhound breeder Charles Pickering’s plan for 74 homes off Ryland Road, saying it was an “over development” of the site.

Coun Stuart Curtis, chairman of West Lindsey Planning Committee agreed, saying refusing that plan allowed the two villages to remain separate.

As chairman, he couldn’t comment on the 63 homes at Hackthorn Road, Welton plan, but he noted an under-supply of only 3.5 years supply of housing across Central Lincolnshire, against a requirement of five years.

“This would be a material consideration for any development in any major settlement such as Market Rasen provided that the development was sustainable. Each application has to be determined on its own merits. Under the emerging local plan landowners and developers will have the opportunity to say where they would like to say where they would like to see major potential sites in their area,” he said.

Market Rasen Town Council has yet to respond to David Nelstrop’s proposal.

“We will attend the open day and see what the outline proposals are. Town Council will want to ensure that services like sewerage and drainage infrastructure are adequate,” said mayor John Matthews.