November 5, 2020 12.26 pm This story is over 41 months old

Third time lucky as rejected Horncastle 90-home plan succeeds

Developer has “gone a long way” said councillors

Councillors have approved a developers’ latest designs for 89 new homes in Horncastle.

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on Thursday gave the go ahead to Gleeson Homes’ plans for land off Winceby Gardens.

Councillor Helen Matthews said: “The developer has gone a long way to resolve some of the issues.”

Councillor Richard Cullington said he had some concerns over density, but that he could see no reason to refuse.

He warned councillors they needed to be more careful over what they approved at outline stage to avoid “sticky situations” in the future.

A previous attempt by the developer for 97 homes on the site was refused in December 2019 after councillors said residents “deserved better” in terms of quality and design.

An appeal against the decision was dismissed in July.

The new plans included open spaces to the north providing a “buffer zone” with Banovallum Gardens and a new road layout being “pedestrian friendly”.

The committee was shown a side-by-side comparison of the two plans on one of the slides.

They include 24 two-bedroom, 58 three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom homes.

Objectors to the plans said it didn’t overcome the reasons for appeal dismissal.

They said the density of parts of the development had increased, that it didn’t reflect the area’s character and didn’t include  a “good sized play area”.