Planners back 350 Welton houses

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Councillors meeting tonight are urged to back a plan for 350 large homes in Welton.

Beal developments seeks to develop a 28.7ha site off Prebend Lane, in two fields currently used for agriculture.

The site would contain 29 homes to the hectare, with 3.24ha set aside as open space. The 9.2ha northern field has been earmarked for playing fields.

A quarter would be ‘affordable’, with 56 being affordable retirement homes, meeting a need identified in Welton’s neighbourhood Plan.

Many residents oppose the proposals, citing concerns over traffic, pressure on schools , health facilities and them harming Welton’s character.

District Councillor Diana Rodgers has repeated her opposition, as shown at other village plans.

“The size and scale of proposed development is completely beyond what is acceptable,” said Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh.

However, West Lindsey District Council planners say the project is in a sustainable location. To mitigate harm they seek S106 contributions of £500,000 for roads, £1.2M for education and £150,000 for health facilities.