Villagers clash with WLDC planners on Grasby homes

Planning applications
Planning applications

More than 50 Grasby residents have told West Lindsey District Council that they oppose plans for eight ‘affordable’ houses off Bentley Lane.

But despite receiving the support of their parish council and their district councillor, WLDC planning chiefs recommend its approval.

The Lindum Group proposal for 3 two-storey terraces and 4 one-bed flats comes before Planning Committee tonight.

In an Officer’s Report, Coun Lewis Strange says planning committee should determine the application as it’s for affordable housing and the “current design and layout of the development is poor and in no way keeping with the vernacular of the village.”

Grasby also lacks amenities, such as a shop, and has limited public transport or local services, he said.

The development would also be sited down a narrow road, it would threaten wildlife and the visual aspect and be “very basic, when compared with much of the lovely village of Grasby.”

The Parish Council and a Parish Meeting raised similar concerns. Residents also said the homes would spoil the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, would devalue nearby properties and the village school is already oversubscribed.

But council planners say the project meets identified needs for social housing and local infrastructure could cope from its extra residents.