BREAKING: ELDC refuse 970-home ‘Southern Gateway’ plans again

Planning
Planning

A controversial plan for a new “village” on the outskirts of Louth has again been refused.

East Lindsey District Councillors voted against a fresh application by Gladman Developments Ltd and Messrs Pridgeon to build 970 homes, shops and community facilities on farmland on either side of Legbourne Road.

The decision delighted the 20 or so residents who attended Thursday’s debate at Manby, but this is not the end of the matter.

On November 25, the applicants are committed to appealing against their previous very similar proposal that was refused in March this year.

On their behalf, consultant Andy Booth sought to persuade the meeting that the proposed development would both be “sensitive” and bring benefits to Louth.

These would include an estimated annual expenditure of £7.4 million expenditure in Louth, an average of 260 building jobs over an eight-year construction phase, and the possibility of an additional 1,400 economically active residents, with up to 350 likely to hold managerial or professional occupations.

Planning officers also recommended approval, but none of the 14 councillors spoke in favour during the 2.5 hour debate. The voting was 11-1 against.

They voiced particular concerns over increased traffic, pressure on healthcare, police, fire and other services plus flood risk.

In addition, Coun Laura Stephenson objected to the prospect of homes being built on land currently occupied by slurry pits. “There could be an issue of smell permeation,” she warned.

Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders voiced her concern about the loss of 150 acres of productive agricultural land. “Food security will be undermined,” she claimed.

“It’s all wrong,” protested Coun Stuart Watson who moved refusal.

Senior planner Chris Panton maintained there was an under-supply of housing in the district, and warned that some of the councillors’ objections would not stand up at appeal.

It emerged that ELDC stands to receive a £7.05-million ‘New Homes Bonus’ if the scheme is ultimately approved.