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Campaign against 149 new homes in Louth begins

By Louth Target  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

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PLANS OBJECTION: Residents have called for a public meeting to discuss objections for plans to build 149 new homes in the Fulmar Drive area of Louth.

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A CAMPAIGN has been started against plans for what would be one of the biggest housing developments Louth has seen in a decade.

Residents living in the Kestrel Drive area have called for a meeting with East Lindsey planning officers to express their views against plans by Taylor Wimpey for 149 new homes off Fulmar Drive.

One of the residents spearheading the campaign is Simon Tighe.

"We were completely unaware that the application had been submitted until we read the town council's support of it in the Target," he said. "From there, I put out flyers and the objections raised from around three to 83 in just about five days.

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"A lot of the residents were not aware about the submission as there is only one yellow notice and most haven't had consultation letters. The ones who have had letters said they arrived following the town council's decision.

"There is a lot of objection. We arranged a meeting with our councillor Laura Stephenson and around 55 people attended with just a day's notice.

"The concerns include traffic safety issues."

Mr Tighe added: "This is the biggest single housing development for Louth for 10 years.

"The junction with Brackenborough Road is already dangerous and the traffic assessment conducted was based on 120 homes and prior to the 70 homes being built on Brackenborough Road."

The developers did hold a pre-consultation meeting about the plans and claimed that people were supportive in principle, a claim disputed by Mr Tighe.

He has gathered a 150-name petition and hopes to get more support before planners make their recommendation.

In response, Roger Smith from Savills, planning developer for the project, said: "On the basis of the public consultation event at the Trinity Centre on March 15, most local residents who discussed the proposals with the Taylor Wimpey team accepted the principle of development, but were very concerned about the traffic that would be generated by the new housing.

"Additional issues raised included the capacity of local schools to accommodate additional pupils and the increased risk of flooding.

"The planning application was submitted in July 2012, but the supporting technical reports including the transport assessment were prepared earlier in the year. Traffic surveys were undertaken outside school holiday periods. The transport assessment is based on 149 houses and in addition also provides for the residential development of circa seventy dwellings on Brackenborough Road."

The application is expected to be considered by district councillors in October.

To sign the petition or find out more about the meeting, email save-east-louth@hotmail.com

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  September 10 2012, 2:27PM

    "In short; many are ill educated, they are rude, insular and narrow minded." "Banjo sales are up in Louth as well as six toes on each foot..." Irony much?

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  • jacobjacob  |  September 10 2012, 2:07PM

    This is a typically insular attitude that is the accepted norm for Louth people. I should know; I was born and bred in the town but I had the good sense to leave as soon as I was old enough. Anyone who has bought a house in Kestrel Drive would have known full well from the outset that the road was destined to be extended. You merely have to look at the end of the road where you can clearly see the road was finished in such a way that in time it would be extended. There are two main underlying problems with Louth people. The first is that since time in memoriam the town has been run by a certain minorty who are businessmen, feemasons and town councillors. It will always will be that way. The town has ended up full of fast foreign food takeways, charity shops, extortionately overpriced gift shops and apart from a very good butchers shop there is little more else. The second problem is that the attitudes of the majority of the ordinary townsfolk. In short; many are ill educated, they are rude, insular and narrow minded. Many do not even realise they are like that. This is because when the last passenger train departed Louth railway station in October 1970 the town became isolated and cut off, a bit like Royston Vassey. The fact that so many in the town are distantly related as well as being married to each other bears this out. Banjo sales are up in Louth as well as six toes on each foot... At the end of the day Louth needs more housing. It needs to grow and to flourish. It needs to be brough kicking and screaming into the 21st Century and to provide homes, shops and employment for people. It wont change though and that is why and so many others left the town...

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