Initial planning application put forward for 970 new homes and primary school on southern edge of Louth

Could this be the entrance to the 'Louth Southern Gateway'?
Could this be the entrance to the 'Louth Southern Gateway'?

Plans for nearly 1,000 new homes on the southern edge of Louth have taken a first official step towards reality after an outline planning application was submitted.

Gladman Developments and landowners AR and MA Pridgeon has put forward plans which include 970 new homes, a local community centre and a new primary school to East Lindsey District Council.

The plans, which were first mooted in February, also include a ‘local centre’ of shops, a health centre and a sports facility in what the plans describe as a ‘Louth Southern Gateway’.

The outline application reveals building costs of £106 million and an eight year plan to bring the vision to completion.

The application site, which spans land from south of Eresbie Road down to the roundabout at Kenwick Hill and Manby Road covers a total of 94 hectares with 43 hectares being identified for housing.

Estimations suggest an influx of new residents could increase the population of Louth from around 17,000 up to nearly 20,000.

The plans state there would be ‘no material traffic impacts associated with the development’

ELDC have admitted there is a ‘significant shortage’ of affordable housing within the East Lindsey district and Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to ‘get Britain building’ in a bid to beat the triple-dip recession.

However in December a 149-home development for farmland off Fulmar Drive in Louth was turned down due to fears of flooding, but the developer has lodged an appeal.

What do you make of the plans? Will the extra housing help ease the lack of homes in the area? Or do you feel the town would struggle to cope with the extra demand on services?

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