“Rat run” safety fears over 100-home development in Horncastle

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Residents objecting to an almost 100 home development say the nearby area is used as a “rat run” during busy periods and that they have fears over safety.

East Lindsey District Council will next week be asked to approve Gleeson Regeneration’s proposals to build a new 97-home estate on land off Winceby Gardens and Banovallum Gardens.

The proposals include a mix of detached and semi-detached dwellings all two storey in height and with off-road parking.

A total of 11 homes will also be classed as “affordable”.

Since the application was submitted, Gleeson has made several changes including a new open space area with children’s play equipment and a one house reduction.

Planning documents say a “large number of objections” have been received.

Concerns include a lack of bungalows, overlooking, fears of an increase in crime and the safety of both elderly neighbours and the proposed play area.

Residents say the area is currently used as a “rat run” adding the roads are not suitable.

Plans for how the site would be laid out.

A letter from”the residents of Winceby Gardens” say “some use this residential estate like a motorway”.

Mr Parrott, of Winceby Gardens says the new play area is “in a blind spot… which is a danger to children’s lives and limb.”

Horncastle Town Council has also “strongly” objected saying the proposal is “too dense” and there are “major traffic concerns”.

It has also asked for £50,000 to go towards the town’s recreation areas.

Lincolnshire County Council’s highways say they are satisfied with the plans but have requested £5,000 to monitor a travel plan created by the developers.

Lincolnshire County Council’s property team requested £247,735 towards education.

Recommending approval officers say the proposals are acceptable and provide a satisfactory mix.

They consider the highway arrangements “would be safe” and that surface water “could be adequately disposed of without causing flooding problems for others.

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