Residents fear plans to build homes will turn Holton-le-Clay into a town
MORE than 1,500 homes could be built in the rural villages between Grimsby and Louth – with 869 in Holton-le-Clay alone.
East Lindsey District Council has formed its draft Strategic Housing and Land Availability Assesment (SHLAA), identifying potential development sites to meet housing targets set by the government.
Holton-Le-Clay parish councillors – who fear their village could be turned into a town if they don’t speak out – are urging villagers to attend a meeting on Saturday.
Jean Johnson, a resident of 40 years and chair of Holton-le- Clay Parish Council, said: “It is completely overpowering and I cannot support it.
“We will be told by ELDC this is what the Government have to do and we have to do it but if that is the case, why are the sites not distributed more fairly around the district?
“There are other villages which could take a few more houses. Ours has grown dramatically, to the point it is almost a small town.”
The assessment identifies areas of land that could accommodate 1,818 new homes which could be built over the next 15 years. Four of the sites, with a total capacity of 752 homes, are available for development now.
Holton-Le-Clay councillors, alongside those in Tetney, are drawing up their Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) after securing a £20,000 government grant.
A public meeting will be held on Saturday from 10am to noon at the council offices in Pinfold Lane, outlining the NDP so far. This will include their preferred places for development.
Clive Blacklock, chair of the NDP group and vice chair of the parish council, said: “There are two ways we can go about this, residents can flatly say no, we don’t want them, and the Government will say we have to have them.
“Or we can look at it sensibly and say we realise we have to have housing, we want to say where it goes and we want to know what we can get out of it. This is about getting the best for the village.”
A consultation on the SHLAA ends on February 28.
Councillor Trevor Henderson said: “We want everyone in the village to understand what is going on. Some might not think it will affect them, but the village will change dramatically and we need everyone to have their say.”