Tackling traffic is main task for planner

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Concerns about vehicular access to a site which could soon see 150 new homes were again raised at a meeting of Market Rasen Town Council.

Planning agent Robert Doughty attended alongside David Nelstrop who hopes to build the homes on land off The Ridings in Market Rasen.

Mr Doughty told councillors and members of the public present that following a consultation event held at The Festival Hall, issues surrounding drainage and flooding were being addressed.

However, he admitted that while he and Mr Nelstrop were talking to West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council about access to the site, an alternative route for construction traffic had not yet been found.

This means heavy vehicles would have to pass through Beeches Way and The Ridings, a concern for many residents present at the meeting last Wednesday, September 3.

Mr Doughty said: “There is a significant amount of concern from local residents that the access takes vehicles through the existing Ridings development.

“We are dealing with residents concerns about large construction traffic coming through the residential area.”

One resident slammed the plans, saying: “150 extra vehicles on the access road even once constructed. Highways cannot have looked at it very well if they have looked at it at all because it is just not feasible. The bend on to the new development defies logic.”

Mr Doughty pointed out that the plans were in the pre-planning application and consultation phase and more detailed analysis and drawings would be available as and when a full planning application was made to West Lindsey District Council.

He also said that the development would contribute to providing money for extra places to be provided at the already oversubscribed Market Rasen Primary School and they had contacted NHS England to enquire about the capacity of Market Rasen’s Doctor’s Surgery.

Councillor Steve Bunney also quizzed Mr Doughty as to whether a contribution to leisure facilities would be made.

He pointed out that the town’s sports centre was only available for use outside of school hours and there 
was now no youth provision from Lincolnshire County Council.

Mr Doughty said it was something “we have not looked at.”