A controversial 400 home development has been proposed for a greenfield site in Louth - but the town’s Mayor has slammed the plans as being ‘almost as bad as the Southern Gateway scheme’.
Metacre Ltd, a Lancashire based company, is considering the residential development off Brackenborough Road. It could include public open space, play areas and affordable housing - and the company has sent consultation leaflets to nearby homes.
Survey work is currently being carried out to determine whether the proposal would be ‘deliverable and sustainable’.
A further public consultation will take place early next year.
A planning application could the to be submitted to the local authority afterwards.
The proposed site is near to existing and approved residential developments, including the adjacent Taylor Wimpey development for over 140 homes which has been given the go-ahead by planners at East Lindsey District Council.
The consultation leaflet has already garnered a mixed response, with Mayor Coun Sue Locking voicing her concerns that the town’s infrastructure would not be able to cope with such a large scale development.
Coun Locking compared it to the controversial Southern Gateway scheme when Gladman tried and failed to develop 970 homes off Legbourne Road.
She added that the Brackenborough scheme represented the ‘over-intensification’ of housing proposals in Louth.
Coun Locking also voiced concerns about flood risks and added: “I don’t think this scheme would tick all the boxes and it’s yet another development at the top end of town.
“It would be too big for the town and I think we would have problems in the future.”
Resident Adam Lane, from nearby Keddington Road, was more optimistic about the scheme.
He said: “I think it’s an excellent idea. New housing is badly needed, and increased supply could make it more affordable to many.
“People having somewhere to live is the most important consideration. The only reservation I’d have would be if there was an increased flood risk as a result of the development.”
John Tootell, a spokesman for applicant Metacre Ltd, said Louth had been identified by planning inspectors as a location for new housing.
He added: “Proposals for the land south east of Brackenborough Road are at a very early stage in the design process.
“We’ve appointed a range of professionals to undertake survey work to establish whether the development of the site for new housing would be sustainable and ensure any potentially adverse impacts could be appropriately mitigated.
“East Lindsey District Council’s emerging Local Plan, alongside ministerial statements and national policies, have confirmed an overwhelming need for new housing to help build communities and provide homes for generations to come.
“Louth is identified as one of the settlements which should accommodate new housing and this has been confirmed by independent Planning Inspectors when considering recent planning appeals.
“This site is a sustainable location for development in Louth, particularly because it avoids building in protected areas such as the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Areas of Great Landscape Value, as well as locations at risk of flooding.”
He went on to stress the company wanted to work with the local community before any decisions were finalised.
He added: “ At this stage no specific options have been developed and this initial community consultation is an opportunity for the local community to help shape proposals and to have their views heard.
“The next stage will be to present more detailed proposals to residents at a public exhibition, most likely in early 2016.
“This will provide a further opportunity for the local community to share their views as the ideas begin to take shape.”
*Anyone wanting to comment on the proposals should write to Metacre’s planning consultants De Pol Associates at De Pol Associates, Farington House, Stanfield Business Park, Stanifield Lane, Leyland, PR25 4UA or email De Pol Associates directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.”