Developers scrap proposals for 170 homes near Lincoln

Plans for 170 homes in a village to the west of Lincoln have been abandoned by the developers – before an application was even submitted.

Taylor Wimpey had expressed interest in building the new estate on land off Daubeney Avenue in Saxilby.

However, following a consultation with residents in November 2014 and talks with West Lindsey District Council, the company has confirmed it has withdrawn its interest in the site.

Andy Roberts, Strategic Land and Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We have not withdrawn our planning application as it was never submitted, we have simply chosen to not submit the application.

“The reason behind our decision is based on further discussions with the local authority on the planning application requirements and other stakeholder groups in relation to infrastructure requirements on the site, whilst also having considered the public response to our consultation event.

“We are also not looking to submit any future applications as we no longer have any legal interest in the site.”

When the proposals were first announced last year, the Saxilby Village Action Group organised a poster and leaflet campaign in the village to object to the proposed development.

Gerry Ives, vice chair of the action group, said: “Our fundamental objection was on the grounds of unsuitable access through an existing open plan estate, together with the increase in traffic which would have caused even more congestion on the main A57 / Mill Lane junction.

“An alternative, to construct a new access road directly from the A57 was not thought to be feasible by the developers, although there would have been an access road for emergency services at that same spot.

“There were questions raised as well as to whether the village school, which has for a number of years been using temporary classrooms, could cope.

“Similarly, the main GP practice has been a doctor short for some years, with the vacancy being filled by locums. As with many other parts of the country, GP recruitment is at crisis point.”