Plans for 325 homes near Lincoln resubmitted with “local backing”

A 325-home development, planned for a Lincoln-area village which was turned down by councillors two years ago has been re-submitted after referendum showed “strong community support”.

Plans for a new garden village in Newton-on-Trent, including 325 homes, pub/café, business offices and community rooms were refused by West Lindsey District Councillors in October 2016 and subsequently dismissed at appeal by the planning inspector in February of this year.

A report to WLDC says the new application “is a genuine and reasonable resubmission to address the Inspectors grounds for dismissing the appeal, primarily through addressing the perceived failure to meet a demonstration of clear community support required under the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.”

It says a referendum held in Torksey Parish in May, demonstrates “strong community support for the proposal”.

Layouts for the village hub.

The plans have been put forward by the Arden family, who own the land at Manor Farm, which is situated to the north-west of the village.

The report says the applicants want to reverse a trend where “similar-sized” communities have seen a “decline in local facilities traditionally regarded to be essential for the cohesion of community life.”

The development would be built in phases over a period of eight or nine years and will incorporate an extension to the High Street.

The first of these would see 125 units, while phases two and three would see 110 and 90 homes built respectively.

The “village hub” planned, aims to “help businesses within the village expand, and also to encourage start-ups by providing flexible spaces” says the report.

It will also include a licensed cafe, pop-up shops, areas for classes or meetings and a new car park.

The plans also mention outdoor recreational facilities including a village green – which it says could be used as a school playing field – allotment pods, a trim trail and cycle and footpaths.


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