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Clark backs council and blocks Lincolnshire housing scheme

Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has backed a Lincolnshire planning authority and dismissed an appeal for a mixed-use sustainable urban extension of up to 970 new homes at Louth.

East Lindsey District Council had earlier refused outline permission for the scheme by developer Gladman Developments who wanted to locate the proposals on farmland some 2 kilometres south of the Lincolnshire market town.

The plans included a local centre with a community hall, shops, offices and a GP surgery.

Clark agreed with the inspector that the scheme would not be sustainable and would cause “adverse effects on the function and character of the town and the surrounding countryside”.

Clark gave “significant weight” to the provision of housing, including 30 per cent affordable housing, in an area without a demonstrable five year supply of housing land. He also acknowledged the “modest” benefits of providing a primary school, shops, a doctor’s surgery, a community centre, public open space, and transport improvements.

However Clark agreed with the inspector that the proposals would be intrusive to landscape views and would extend Louth into the surrounding open countryside “in an incongruous manner”.

The communities secretary’s decision letter concluded that the negative impacts of the scheme were sufficient to “significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits … taken as a whole.”

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