Residents raise protest against housing plans

Planning news.
Planning news.

A protest campaign has been launched in response to plans to build up to 200 homes in Alford.

More than 100 residents have signed letters of objection to the proposed development on Tothby Lane.

The 9.8 hectares of farmland was gifted to owner’s St Andrew’s Healthcare charity several years ago.

The site currently lies outside the town development boundary, but has been earmarked as a potential location for housing by East Lindsey District Council.

Colin Cummings lives on Robinson Avenue next to the proposed housing scheme.

He said: “The access is very poor along Tothby Lane. Lots of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School students park there, which means there is often only room for one vehicle.

“There is not the infrastructure in the town for 200 more houses, it can already take at least a week to get an appointment at the GP surgery and the schools are full.”

He added: “The development would destroy the character of the town, everybody I have spoken to is against it.”

An exhibition took place at Alford Corn Exchange to showcase the plans in September. Andrea Kellegher, senior engagement consultant with Turley planning consultants working on behalf to the developer, said: “We are currently going through all the feedback from the public consultation to see whether we need to amend the scheme. At the moment there is no time scale for the application.”