Market Rasen

Farm’s woodland proposals submitted to West Lindsey

A developer’s plan to build a new 48-home housing estate and woodland walk in Market Rasen has been submitted for approval.

Tom Pickering, of Skylark Homes, already has outline approval for the plans on Glebe Farm, on Willingam Road, but is now asking West Lindsey District Council to approve the access, appearance and layout of the site.

The proposal sits opposite Market Rasen Racecourse and near to Willingham Wood and would include green spaces and a woodland path along the northern boundary linking up with the woods.

When the plans originally went before officers, the applicant said the site would “provide a locally distinctive, high quality development, in keeping with, and supporting the local economy and existing facilities and services.”

“The proposed project will provide a sensitive re-development of the existing site, enhancing the existing  setting.”

They said the aim was to create a place designed around a landscape rather than just a housing development.

How the site could be laid out.

However, objectors raised concerns about highway safety particularly on the A631 which residents feared could be exacerbated by bike meets and events at the racecourse.

There were also concerns over nearby and proposed ponds and drainage issues.

Planning officers said that although it departed certain planning policies relevant to the area it was “not felt to be significantly detrimental”.

They praised aims within the plan to help the biodiversity of the area, including the installation of four bat roosts.

At the time, 12 homes classed as “affordable” were requested, while Lincolnshire County Council asked for £101,487 towards education.


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