Residents' concerns over lack of infrastructure for 129 new homes in Horncastle
CLAIMS that the infrastructure of Horncastle will not be able to cope with an extra 129 homes have been voiced by local residents.
People living in the town turned out to express their views on an outline planning application for 129 homes off Mareham Road.
As part of the formal consultation process, Horncastle Town Council's planning and development committee discussed the application yesterday (Tuesday) and invited members of the public to speak about their concerns.
Committee chairman Councillor Richard Barker said the application is still very much 'an open book' and the committee will reconvene at a future date to make their formal consultation on the plans as they develop.
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One resident, Dennis Houghton, said: "I feel this is a big project which is going to affect us all. It is going to affect our children, our grandchildren and future generations of this town.
"It is taking over farmland and is a long way from the town centre. I question whether it is a step too far to build all these houses on the perimeter."
Another resident, a Mr Baines from Boston Road, claimed the development is similar to plans for a housing development near Fulmar Drive in Louth, which was refused in December.
Another resident said: "Where are all these people going to work? There are no jobs in Horncastle. If you did a survey of the people who travel out of Horncastle for work, the numbers will be quite high."
Other concerns related to flooding including surface water flooding, no public transport provision and the extra traffic generated on Mareham Road and its side roads. There were also concerns that the town's doctor's surgery will not be able to cope and extra pressure would be put on local schools.
Simon Williams of Masons Chartered Surveyors, who represents the landowner, agreed to come back to a future meeting with consultants to answer questions relating to technical details of the plans.
He said: "This is an evolving process and what we have presented are our slightly revised boards which are still evolving. I am here to listen and engage and I will be happy to do that for as long as the process takes."
Committee chairman Richard Barker who is a retired architect, said he had a long list of technical issues to raise, including the sewerage systems, drainage and the fact that a number of issues may end up being dealt with under reserved powers.
He said: "We had two horrendous events last year in the summer down to surface water – a failure totally on the infrastructure not coping. It is early days but there are serious issues."