VIDEO: Louth residents against new housing scheme

A group of residents are calling on people to object to East Lindsey District Council about yet another new housing development proposed for the town.

Dieter Nelson Planning Consultancy in Humberston wants to build 46 homes in a field off Eastfield Road, on the edge of the town.

They have sumbitted an outline planning application to ELDC.

The proposal for Eastfield Road follows an outline Taylor Wimpey scheme for up to 149 homes on land off Fulmar Drive being given the go ahead on appeal and concerns about the Southern Gateway scheme for up to 970 homes on land either side of Legbourne Road.

Residents have voiced worries about traffic and how doctors and schools would cope with so many homes.

Malcolm Bouchier, whose home overlooks the field where Dieter Nelson want to build, said: “Eastfield Road is heavily used and is the only route serving the East of Louth and all of the villages to the East. Regular users of this road know that, through the day, this busy road is more like an obstacle course and is extremely hazardous for drivers and very dangerous indeed for cyclists. The road is clearly not adequate to safely handle the current volume of traffic. This proposed housing estate will exacerbate an already unsatisfactory situation.

“I believe that all the villages East of Louth should have their say since they are likely to be severely impacted in their travels to Louth.”

He asked residents to write to East Lindsey District Council with their concerns about this development proposal.

In a statement to ELDC Dieter Nelson said: “The application site is located approximately 1.8 km east of Louth Town Centre. The site area equates to approximately 2.2 hectares and is currently part of a larger arable field.

“A search of the Environment Agency website reveals that the site is located within flood zone 1, which is appropriate for residential development.

“The site is identified within the Draft East Lindsey Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, October 2012 as a potential site. The site has been initially discounted by ELDC due to the potential poor access onto Eastfield Road. This issue has been specifically looked at through detailed negotiatons with LCC highways. A visibility sight line of 2.4m x 43m in either direction has been agreed, which complies with Manual for Streets, in a 30 mph zone.

“A development proposal to create a mixed and balanced community is proposed consisting of a variety of property sizes from link, semi detached and detached properties. Up to 20 per cent of the site will be made available for affordable housing.”

There would be two car parking spaces per property and a play area.

The district council will decide on this plan in the next few months.