Action group will fight Louth 970 new homes plan
AN ACTION group looks likely to be formed to fight plans for 970 new homes in Louth.
Residents who are opposing plans, dubbed Louth's Southern Gateway, attended a public meeting organised by Louth Town Council.
The development proposed off Legbourne Road is by Gladman Developments and landowners AR and MA Pridgeon.
The plans include a possible new primary school and shops but the meeting heard that plans for a health centre are now no longer included in the application.
The meeting followed a drop-in session with the developers and planning officers.
Of the views given, no one spoke in favour.
Councillor Pauline Watson said there are not the jobs in Louth to sustain the new residents.
She said: "Where is the revenue earner for this?
"We are going to have houses built and no where to employ the new people."
John Jaines, a former Lincolnshire highways officer, said: "With 900 plus homes and an average of two cars per household that is going to mean 2,000 vehicle movements a day on Legbourne Road, assuming they only go out only once."
A resident of Kenwick Road raised flooding concerns. She said: "We suffer from flooding. What is this massive development going to do to our property? We can be minutes from being flooded when it rains."
A resident from Blanchard Road added: "We already flood. If we have any more houses, we are going to have to build an ark."
There was also concerns that the development could end up being all houses if it later proves unsustainable to have shop units.
Also concerns were raised that around 300 houses could be built before the new school is started.
Councillor George Horton encouraged an action group to be formed.
He said: "We get an action group going, get it refused at planning and if it goes to appeal then we will make them work for it. We make it as difficult and hard as we can with real planning issues that an inspector will find hard to turn down."
The town council are now looking at helping to facilitate an action group to fight the proposals.
The council will discuss the application, together with the responses from the public meeting, at their next meeting on Tuesday.
Andy Booth of Globe Consultants, representing the developers, said: "The commercial side of the development will clearly be in response to demand and the willingness to invest in that type of use.
"Housing of this scale will require a new primary school and there will be a trigger point by the education authority for this development to require a school. We attended the drop-in session and we thought it was a good opportunity to explain the application and to answer people's questions."