BREAKING NEWS: 970 home Louth estate proposal thrown out

Worried locals before the meeting
Worried locals before the meeting

Councillors have thrown out a controversial plan to build a 970-home new ‘neighbourhood’ on the edge of Louth.

To rapturous applause from 50 objecting residents who attended an East Lindsey planning meeting, committee members refused the application to develop 150 acres farmland on either side of Legbourne Road

Representing applicants the Gladman Group and Messrs A and M Pridgeon, Andy Booth said the project would bring extensive community benefits including a £1.78 million primary school, a community hub and open spaces for recreation

But councillors voiced overriding concerns about flood risk, road congestion, inadequate instrastructure and services, plus lack of jobs for prospective incomers and their families.

“This is a very troubled site,” declared Coun Brian Burnett. “There are too many unresolved issues.”

Agreed Coun Terry Knowles: ”The scheme is far too big – it would swamp Louth.”

Earlier, ELDC case officer Paul Thompson had recommended approval, but committee members were unconvinced.

It is not known if the applicants will appeal.