Builder wins housing appeal for 149 homes
A DECISION to refuse permission for up to 149 new homes in Louth has been overturned on appeal.
Taylor Wimpey Ltd applied to East Lindsey District Council for outline permission to develop land adjoining Fulmar Drive.
In December 2012, the authority's planning committee turned down the application because of concerns about traffic and drainage issues.
But following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, the application has now been granted.
Inspector David Cullingford allowed the appeal, saying: "I consider that this scheme could provide a high quality residential environment that would sit harmoniously in its setting and relate well to the form and character of Louth.
"It would not aggravate flood risks but rather ameliorate the risk of flooding from the site. Nor is it demonstrated that the proposal would result in residual cumulative traffic impacts severe enough to warrant a refusal on transport grounds."
Last year's committee meeting heard anecdotal evidence from Louth councillors Jill Makinson-Sanders and Laura Stephenson that the Brackenborough Road, Victoria Road and Keddington Road junction had been problematic for many years and felt a development in the area would exacerbate the issue.
Local residents also raised concerns over similar issues.
Commenting on the appeal decision, ELDC's portfolio holder for economic regeneration, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: "We are disappointed that the Planning Inspector chose to override the concerns of this council and the local community in this case, particularly in light of the robust case put together by the council, local residents and local councillors at the Inquiry.
"The council had a number of concerns relating to the this application including the intrusion into the countryside, the potential for traffic hazards due to an increase in traffic flow, flooding issues and concerns over the capacity of the main foul water system."
The appeal was allowed subject to a number of conditions which include that phasing and implementation plans for the surface water drainage scheme be submitted before any development starts together with similar plans for the disposal of foul water.
Managing director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, Dominic Harman, said: "We are pleased with the outcome of the appeal to build 149 homes off land at Fulmar Drive in Louth, and are looking forward to working with the local community, and local authority, once the detailed plans have been agreed.
"We expect to submit the reserved matters application by early 2014."