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Residents fear 107 new homes would put strain on services in Lincolnshire town

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

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ALFORD residents fear plans for 107 new properties in the town could lead to a major strain on local services.

An application by Chestnut Homes to develop land off Willoughby Road will go before East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee tomorrow, and has been recommended for approval by officers.

Alford Town Council together with many of the site’s neighbours, have voiced strong objections to the proposals on the grounds the application is “over-intensive”, “unsustainable” and because part of the site is outside the local plan.

Alford Mayor, Councillor Paul Rawson said this is the third application for housing the town council has opposed on the site.

He said: “Initially, the application was for 40 houses on part of the field. We thought then it was over intensification and it was turned down.

“It then came back for around 90 per cent of the field with around 104 houses on it and again said this was too much.

“We now have this new application for even more houses.

“We don’t have the infrastructure to cope with such a large number of new homes. The schools including the primary school are running at capacity and we believe it will put added pressure on the doctor’s surgery if more than 100 extra houses gets built.”

Consultation on the proposals has seen Lincolnshire County Council request an education contribution of £232,883 from the developers and Lincolnshire Community Heath Service NHS Trust request £98,536 towards healthcare provision.

Hilton Goddard has lived on Holywell Road for the last 20 years and the proposals mean his home could be overlooked by a total of 16 properties.

Mr Goddard said: “It could be this is just what Alford needs but it seems very dense. The plan is for four times as many properties in the space afforded to existing council houses.

Chestnut Homes managing director, David Newton, said: “We are fully aware of the concerns of the Town Council and their views have been considered throughout the planning process, however many of the points raised during a meeting with the Town Council are wider issues which need to be addressed in Alford, and are not specific to this particular development.

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