Editor - Re 970 homes turned down. A sensible decision; the first thing is bring new business/commerce to Louth, then build on the back of a burgeoning local economy (or the prospect of), an infrastructure that can support it ie. homes, schools etc.
Building 970 homes and then hoping business will come to Louth does not make for sound business plan.
As an aside to this if you look at the flooding and drainage issues of the location, then it was a sensible decision on that basis alone!