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Plans to Build 230 Homes to go into Public Enquiry

A plan for 230 new homes in a Lincolnshire village will go to a public inquiry after being rejected by the local council on July 23 of last year.

Lindum Homes, developers based in North Hykeham, near Lincoln, will present their case during a four-day public inquiry starting August 11. Local residents will have an opportunity to voice their objections to the scheme, which is one of a number of larger housing estates proposed for development in villages on the Lincoln fringe.

Lindum Homes encountered major opposition from Saxilby residents, including an action group and the parish council, when it proposed plans for 230 new homes in the area. The West Lindsey District Council rejected the plans during a session at its headquarters in The Guildhall in Marshall's Yard, Gainsborough in July 2014.

West Lindsey District Council representatives issued a statement confirming that a public inquiry would be held in relation to the planning appeal.

Called under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the inquiry is expected to last approximately four days and issue a decision on application 131174, which was made by Tony Lawton of Lindum Homes.

The original application was for outline planning for residential development, with associated open space and estate roads.

Prior to the inquiry, West Lindsey’s planning committee, which turned down the Linden Homes proposal to develop sections of unused farmland off Church Lane, met to alter its objection strategy. Zoe Raygen, acting area team manager, proposed that one of the three original grounds for objection be dropped: that the project would result in excessive and unsupportable demands on education and healthcare facilities.

Cllr David Cotton, Saxilby ward member who is leading the local council's appeal bid, said that the project will still be strongly opposed on the grounds of access issues, traffic management concerns, and the fact that the proposed development will be on a greenfield site.

When the application was originally prepared and submitted by Robert Doughty Consultancy at Helpringham, over 200 local residents attended a public meeting in Saxilby. The purpose, which was a call to protest against any more extensive housing developments in the area, received solid support.

A spokesperson for the ‘Saxilby Residents’ group said that building 230 homes on a greenfield site would change the village beyond repair. The group believe that the new government planning laws have allowed developers to build anywhere, and villages across England are being destroyed as a result.

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The feeling amongst residents is that once large housing estates are built in villages, there is no going back. The possibility that traditional village life may be lost because many places lack the amenities to cope with the growing population and its traffic seems to be a major concern for the Saxilby Residents group.

Tony Lawton, of Linden Homes, said that the development would be an asset to Saxilby. Those who had attended the July 23 meeting were also reminded that as part of Central Lincolnshire, Saxilby had a responsibility to help meet the five-year housing targets set by the Government.

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