Gainsborough

Councillors approve plans 61 new homes in Gainsborough village

Plans for 61 new homes in Lea have been approved by councillors.

West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee gave the green light to outline proposals submitted by Beth Barton and Robert Iredale at a meeting in Gainsborough on Wednesday, March 7.

The development will lie off Willingham Road in the village just over two miles south of Gainsborough.

The site, which is close to Lea Park, is privately-owned and is currently used sporadically for the grazing of horses.

Access will be from Willingham Road.

A minimum of 20% affordable housing must be built as part of the development.

Financial contributions will also be made by the developer towards Lea Park, playground and woodland walk.

Agent Simon Elliott, representing the applicants, pointed to a good mix of housing, including bungalows, as one of the reasons to support the development.

However, the development was not universally supported by residents, some of whom were concerned about road safety, design of the properties and the impact the new homes will have on the infrastructure in the village.

Conservative Councillor Jessie Milne, ward member for Lea, raised concerns over flooding and road safety.

She said: “We all know there is an issue over drainage and flooding. Surface water has always been a problem in the village.

“I have major concerns and can foresee many problems if this application goes ahead.

“I fear there will be a tragedy along the road. Young children and cars don’t mix.”

Liberal Democrat Councillor Judy Rainsforth, who represents Gainsborough South West, said: “Lea is a beautiful little village. I have lived there for 27 years.

“I have really serious concerns about this development. I don’t think it’s right for Lea.”

However, Labour member for Gainsborough East, Councillor Mick Devine, said: “I’ve looked at the application and I can’t see why we can’t approve it.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Owen Bierley added: “Having read through the report carefully, I think despite some of the comments that have been made, I think there’s ample evidence to give confidence that if the development goes ahead, it can be very high-quality and one Lea people can be justifiably proud of.”

The development will go back before the Planning Committee when reserved matters are submitted.