Row erupts over resident’s plan to ‘gift’ village his land

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  • Landowner plans to build seven homes and give community a recreation area

A landowner wants to give a community a ‘much-needed’ field for recreation but some residents have raised “serious” concerns about his plan.

Richard Marshall has applied for planning permission to build seven new homes on land north of Fen Road in Owmby by Spital - and as part of this he wants to ‘gift’ a adjoining field to Owmby and Normanby parish councils.

The plans have the backing of both parish councils, with Owmby clerk Charlotte Wright saying: “Owmby by Spital Parish Council, Normanby by Spital Parish Council and the community have sought to create a recreation area for many years.

“If the proposal is granted the landowner is willing to gift the land to the parish councils for them to develop into such an area.

“Therefore, the council feel that this proposal would indeed benefit the whole community.”

But several residents have written to West Lindsey District Council raising concerns about flooding, privacy, the environment and the potential maintenance costs of a recreation area.

One letter of objection said: “As an immediate neighbour to the site of the proposed development we are of the view that this development will seriously impact on our standard of living.”

It went on say to privacy would be lost.

And the resident believes the site is home to rare flora and fauna.

Several villagers say they have serious concerns about any devlopment adding to an existing flooding problem.

Part of Mr Marshall’s ‘gift’ to the parish councils would include an area of land to be developed for affordable housing in the future.

His planning application states: “The detail of the proposals has been discussed with both parish councils and they have both indicated firm support for the overall scheme, seeing it as a realistic and reasonable way to obtain benefit for local people.

“The principle of residential development of the small area of land at Owmby is unremarkable and the principle of development of the green land between the villages is seen as their only chance of boosting facilities for local people - the gift being the only way this could be realised.”

A public consultation is now under way.