Developers challenge refusal of village scheme near Lincoln and submit fresh application

Lincoln-based Jackson & Jackson Developments have submitted plans for 36 homes in a village north of the city, while challenging the council’s refusal of their initial proposals.

As previously reported, councillors on West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee rejected plans for a 33-home development on land to the north of Weir Farm Paddock off Main Street in Scothern.

Councillors questioned the sustainability and height of the development, its effect on the village school and citing the number of objections from local residents.

Their decision was met with surprise from the applicants, who have submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government against the councillors’ refusal of planning permission.

The developers have also submitted a fresh application for 36 homes, seeking to address the planning committee’s concerns.

The application differs from the original plans in terms of its layout and scale of the houses.

A mix of housing would be provided, and nine of the 36 properties would be classed as affordable homes.

Photo: Stem Architects

Photo: Stem Architects

Dominik Jackson, of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “Whilst the decision to refuse the application was obviously disappointing, we were encouraged that the original application was supported by the planning officer.

“The new application is materially different to the original application, namely it proposes a different layout which shows the route of the existing public footpath can be retained within the layout.

“We were surprised that local residents were concerned about the rerouting of the public footpath given the improvements proposed, however, we have sought to listen to these local concerns by incorporating the existing route into the layout.

“The new scheme will provide predominately two storey dwellings and will incorporate local building materials to ensure the scheme complements local character.

“We also want to ensure that we give something back to the village. We will volunteer to enter into a legal agreement with the council to ensure that people who currently live in the village or have another connection – such as being born in Scothern – are given priority and first choice when these affordable homes are built.”