Village calls in ELDC to explain planning

Planning confusion in Belchford
Planning confusion in Belchford
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Residents in Belchford are calling for answers from East Lindsey District Council amid claims all future housing development in the village could effectively be barred.

The village parish council held a special meeting last week to discuss two planning applications.

During the meeting, it emerged a recent application for a house off Main Road had been refused by East Lindsey District Council.

Planners vetoed the proposals, saying it would lead to to the ‘creation of a new unit of market housing in an unsustainable location’.

They added Belchford is a ‘village with limited facilities and services and has minimal linkage with other nearby settlements with such facilities’.

However, it was disclosed at the meeting that a recent application for four homes at a nearby location had been approved.

That decision followed the ‘green light’ for other new houses in the village.

One resident informed the meeting that a four bedroom house was being constructed on the back of planning permission awarded for a three bedroom house almost 30 years ago.

Parish council chairman Ian Goodall described the entire planning process as ‘confusing’.

He said: “Clearly, we need to find out whether Belchford is sustainable or unsustainable. It can’t be both. Either new homes can be built here - or they can’t.”

Councillors agreed to invite a representative from ELDC to explain their planning policy.

*Parish councillors objected to proposals for two four bedroom homes on the site of an existing bungalow on Narrow Lane.