Worries about the impact on wildlife such as barn owls cut no ice with members of East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee as they approved a controversial outline application for five homes to be constructed on a field in Bilsby.
Many residents have expressed concerns about the potential loss of birds, but Coun Tom Ashton insisted: “We are not short of barn owls in Lincolnshire.”
A more cautious note was sounded by Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders who observed that the application site, off Sutton Road, was ‘a pretty entrance to a village’.
She continued: “The design of the proposed dwellings is crucial.
“They need to enhance the village, not be ornate properties more in keeping with somewhere in the south of England.”
Thursday’s committee noted that there had been 113 letters of objection to the application submitted by Mr J. Maplethorpe and only four in favour.
In an address to councillors, villager Alan Pope warned of potential sewerage problem, adding that there was no shortage of housing in Bilsby, with four undeveloped building plots.
“Houses sell slowly in the village,” he maintained.
However, Coun Graham Marsh, the ward representative, claimed that some villagers had been ‘badgered into objecting’ to the application against their will.
He continued: “The proposed development will fill in a natural space and make the more village more sustainable.
“The scheme is wholly appropriate.”
Before work starts on the project, councillors insisted that details of the types of property and their layout are submitted for committee approval.