September 5, 2019 2.30 pm This story is over 27 months old

Hogsthorpe 89-home plans approved despite residents’ concerns

Villagers have objected

Councillors have approved plans for nearly 90 homes in Hogsthorpe, despite claims from residents that the village can’t cope.

Members of East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee gave the go ahead to Pridgeon Farms’ outline proposals for 89 homes to be built on West End, circling the back of Hogsthorpe Primary School.

Residents said the plans would create a strain on local infrastructure, increase traffic, noise and harm to wildlife.

They warned that further traffic would “inevitably cause blockages” on the nearby A52.

Ward councillor Paul Hibbert-Greaves said the objectors were not nimbys and recognised a need for housing, however, he accused the development of “rubbing salt into the wound” of the village due to the need for more infrastructure.

He said the development had an appearance of being crushed due to the number of houses “packed into a quite a small area.”

How the site would be laid out.

Objector and parish council clerk Kath Hayes said drainage was the biggest issue saying “during heavy rains many gardens already flood.”

She said: “A development of this size will totally change the character and dynamic of this village.”

Officers noted the land was allocated as housing in East Lindsey planning policy and said it would form development that would integrate into the existing village.

They said the site had been tested as appropriate when East Lindsey District Council’s local plan, adopted July 2018, was being put together.

Agent James Lambert, from JH Walter, concurs with many officers points that the site is allocated in local plans. “It’s imperative sites such as this are brought forward without delay,” he said.

He noted flooding concerns haven’t raised objections from statutory consulates.

No requests had been made for education or health service contributions for the plans, while 30% of the housing must be classed affordable.

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