Plan for 149 new homes in Louth rejected
A PLAN which could have seen up to 149 new homes built in Louth has been refused.
Taylor Wimpey Ltd's application for outline planning permission on land adjoining Fulmar Drive was turned down by the district council's planning committee because of concerns about traffic and drainage issues.
Louth councillors Jill Makinson-Sanders and Laura Stephenson both said traffic problems at Brackenborough Road, Victoria Road and Keddington Road junction would be exacerbated by the development.
They also raised concerns about a proposed drainage scheme, which would see surface water being directed into Louth Canal, through land that already floods during periods of heavy rain.
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Local residents Andy Wood and Simon Tighe also voiced their objections to the plans because of similar issues.
Mr Tighe said: "I urge you to reject this proposal. Let us, the local community, and our elected councillors decide on Louth's housing strategy, not the greedy housing companies."
Access to the site was proposed to be from two positions, forming a new junction between Fulmar Drive and Kestrel Drive and if approved the development would have provided around 45 affordable homes.
Roger Smith from Savills, representing Taylor Wimpey Ltd, said: "Louth is a sustainable location. We acknowledge there are local objections, however, those objections are not shared by the relevant statutory consultees.
"We believe this is a great opportunity to secure a high quality housing scheme for the town."
The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers.
ELDC's planning team leader Chris Panton told members that concerns raised about traffic and drainage issues were not supported by the technical experts who had been consulted.
Lincolnshire County Council Highways, the Environment Agency and Anglian Water all put forward mitigation measures which they felt would tackle any concerns.
However, Councillor Makinson-Sanders, said: "I don't think what's been put forward mitigates.
"Brackenborough Road must be one of the most dangerous roads in Louth.
"Everything is against this application on traffic grounds, I don't know how you can build up a case in favour of it."
Councillor Steve O'Dare said he was "on the cusp of supporting the application" as it was for outline planning permission at this stage and the issues raised would be addressed when the full plans were brought back.
The application was, however, rejected with 12 in favour of refusal and just one against.