Housing Application re-inflames local opposition

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A Halton Holegate housing application has re-inflamed local opposition more than a year after its outline approval was met with disdain.

Neighbouring residents were ‘shocked’ when East Lindsey District Council approved the Northorpe Road development in 2011, having raised concerns about the felling of woodland at the site.

Harriet Godfrey, 73, felt it ‘undemocratic’ that the planning committee ‘ignored’ the numerous letters submitted in objection to the initial application and has expressed further concerns with the specific details of the house and detached double garage, submitted last month.

“One day there was a wood and then over the weekend it just disappeared - it was scandalous,” she said.

“We were all shocked by the decision and went away feeling unable to do anything.

“This house is a huge great house and it’s inappropriate for Halton Holegate.”

Harriet and other Northorpe Road residents had attended 2001’s planning committee meeting to issue concerns about the removal of woodland on the site, which they claim had been illegally felled, prior to the submission of the application.

Joan Shaw, who lives opposite the site with her husband Roger, felt it ‘disgraceful’ that the committee had approved the development, despite such widespread opposition.

“They always say they will do something for you, but they never do,” she said.

Spilsby Town Council’s Peter Grant, who lives on the road, also felt the loss of woodland was disappointing, although he holds little hope for blocking the development after its outline permission was granted.

The felling of woodland had been reported to the Forestry Commission, however field manager David White said there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

Mark Damms, the architect behind the plans, claims the trees had been planted too close together and were diseased, which necessitated their removal.

He says the site has been earmarked for development in the village’s Local Plan and feels the property will be a ‘breath of fresh’ air, in a style which is attractive and befitting of a traditional Lincolnshire village.

“We’ve had lengthy pre-application negotiations with ELDC to make sure we conformed with its setting on the plot and we’ve ended up with a true Lincolnshire designed property, with traditional materials, sash windows and a chimney,” he said.

A final decision on the latest application will be made by ELDC.