Businesses welcome building boost for Spilsby

Field off Ashby Road, Spilsby, which is a proposed development site. ANL-160419-110040001
Field off Ashby Road, Spilsby, which is a proposed development site. ANL-160419-110040001

Businesses have welcomed a development plan which proposes a further 264 new homes for Spilsby – but concern has been expressed over infrastructure.

East Lindsey District Council’s draft local plan, which is designed to support economic growth and identifies sites proposed for housing, has been released to the public.

Seven sites are identified for development, including land off Post Office Lane, Ashby Road and Halton Road.

The report comes following plans unveiled in October last year for up to 600 new homes to be built on farmland to the east of Spilsby between Halton Road and Ashby Road.

Both plans have yet to be discussed by Spilsby Town Council. Town clerk Bonny Smith said: “Some of the areas have already been notified as possible sites and the council needs to see what extra ones there are and then discuss them. The council hasn’t made any comment about the 600-home development as yet.”

However, a resident has expressed concern that a total of 864 new houses would be too much for the town’s services.

He said: “Something would have to be done about the infastructure too – anyone trying to get anywhere at 5pm when people are leaving work will know what I mean, it’s chaos.”

Local businesses, though, have welcomed the news in the hope extra houses will attract more investment.

Simon Johnson, of Simons Butchers, said: “For businesses in the town, the more chimneys the better. I’d like to see the pub open again and a restaurant. Without investment, the town will die.”

Jonathan Wilkinson-White is co-owner of a new boutique B&B called The Elm Tree in Hundleby.

He said: “From a business point of view, more houses has to be good for Spilsby. I think it’s a lovely little market place but I was shocked when a guest came back and said it’s a bit run down and there are lots of empty shops.”

l For more on the local plan , see pages 8-9.