Alford

Council leader objects to ‘unacceptable’ 200 homes plan

The deputy leader of East Lindsey District Council has objected to “unacceptable” plans for 200 homes to be built in Alford.

Councillor Graham Marsh, who also represents the ward on the council, said there is “no need” for housing on this scale in the town.

St Andrews Healthcare have submitted the plans which would see the homes built on land south of Tothby Lane.

Council officers have recommended that the plans be approved.

ELDC Deputy Leader Councillor Graham Marsh.

A design and access statement by the applicant said the proposals are the “best opportunity” to meet housing need in the area.

Under the plans, 10 one bedroom, 40 two bedroom, 80 three bedroom and 70 four bedroom homes would be built.

The developers said the plan would provide a place where people could be “proud to call their home”.

But, Councillor Marsh criticised the plans in a letter to council officials and said they would put a strain on the local area which has already had hundreds of new homes approved.

Site layout for 200 homes at Tothby Lane, Alford.

“A further 200 plus homes would put an unacceptable strain on already overburdened local services,” he said.

“I see no evidence that there is a need for more housing on this scale in Alford, in fact at a recent meeting the local social housing provider indicated that the housing demand in this area had been met.

“There is no need for the houses in this application as there is no local demand, the application if approved would have a serious detrimental effect on the character of Alfrod.”

The plans will go before East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee next week.

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