Welton’s ‘saturation’ housing

Diane Rodgers - Welton West Lindsey District Councillor ENGEMN00120140201124758
Diane Rodgers - Welton West Lindsey District Councillor ENGEMN00120140201124758

Welton district councillor Diana Rogers has slammed plans for more than 500 houses in the village.

Her comments come as planning officers recommend West Lindsey’s Planning Committee approves up to 63 dwellings off Cliff Road/ Heaton Lane when it meets tonight.

Coun Rogers said last year the council approved 63 and then 50 homes on land off Halfpenny Close and Hackthorn Road. Plans for 350 homes at Prebend Lane are also before the council and if all gain approval, planning committee “will have subjected” Welton to 526 more houses.

“Recent S106 Agreements have done nothing to allay local fears about the further exploitation of public services and saturation of the service infrastructure in Welton, and the electorate can see no potential benefits,” she said.

Her submission also said William Farr School does not want S106 contributions as it is oversubscribed already and much larger than other schools in the district. St Mary’s Primary School also could not cope with many more pupils. Recent expansions of school populations have also caused much extra congestion down narrow, country lanes.

Coun Rodgers also wondered where the new residents would work, noting a lack of employment in Welton.

“The Committee must recognise the point at which local resources have been exhausted, and declare that enough is enough - look somewhere else,” she said.

Coun Rodgers demanded no more houses until Welton gets better infrastructure.

“The Health Centre is over-extended, the schools are over-subscribed, and the parlous road network is under-funded and over-utilized,” she concluded.

However, council officers recommend approval saying the 63 homes are ‘sustainable’ and will help the district meet its five-year housing supply target. S106 contributions of £350,000 from applicants RH Ward (Welton) & Mr P Linder would mean a “neutral effect” from their proposals.