Developer ‘staggered’ by opposition

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The developer of a planned 151 home development off Hackthorn Road, Welton, was reportedly “staggered” at the “strength of opposition” to the project.

A report for West Lindsey District Council, whose planning committee is recommended to approve the developmment at tonight’s meeting, says 64 people, plus parish and district council and MP Sir Edward Leigh attended a Parish Meeting on May 14 to consult parishioners on the application.

“The strength of opposition for this development was apparant. Residents made it known in no uncertain terms that this development was not supported in any way and amongst those present, not one spoke in support of it,” commented Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council.

“The developers themselves said they were surprised by the turnout and it was staggering that Welton villagers were so upset by this development.”

“The parishioners of Welton felt they had been misled by the developers with the promise of a new medical centre and not as we know now, just a safeguarded piece of land.”

The application from Welton & Jays Ltd had been deferred at the April Planning Committee meeting for further consultation after the developer dropped plans for a medical centre in the scheme, replacing it with a plot of land and a contribution for towards health facilities.

Despite villager and parish council concerns the scheme would further burden schools, roads and health facilities in the area, council planning staff recommend approval for the outline application, saying the project will help the district meet its housing supply targets.