Welton residents fear West Lindsey District Council will “slip” through another major housing scheme in the village before the May 7 elections.
District councillor Diana Rodgers says the April 29 meeting of West Lindsey’s planning committee is the second this month and comes in a month when the council CEO and chairman both cancelled a meeting of the full council due to “a lack of business.”
“The residents of Welton are already getting worked up because they think that the administration will try to slip another Hackthorne Road development through, before the election,” she said.
On April 1, the planning committee approved the 275-home Dunholme Meadows development, which followed a 350-home project of Prebend Lane, Welton, approved last month.
“I fully expect the other big one to come up,” she said, meaning the 150-home Welton & Jays development.
“If the present Conservative group are trying to get this passed before the election, it clears a huge backlog.”
But planning committee chairman Stuart Curtis says the May meeting has been brought forward because of the elections and the first meeting after them will be delayed to train new members.
”All planning applications have to be determined within a prescribed period and are not being pushed through prior to the election,” he said.