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22 new homes get go-ahead within Woodhall Spa conservation area

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

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A NEW housing development within a village's conservation area has received planning approval.

Members of East Lindsey District Council's planning committee gave the green light for the development by Manorcrest Homes at Bennetts Mill development, on Albany Road, Woodhall Spa.

The plan is for 22 dwellings including terraced houses, semi-detached houses and semi-detached bungalows with garages and parking provision.

The application was first considered by the committee in December but was deferred to allow for a satisfactory resolution on drainage issues and the future maintenance of the site.

Martin Sills, chief design engineer who addressed the surface water issues, said they have now included a flood attenuation scheme for a one in 100 year event, reducing the potential impact.

Some councillors still felt not enough has been resolved since the first meeting in December

Councillor Robert Palmer said: "I think they have not done much since we last sat here when the chairman advised we have to look for a solution. I do not think it has been found. "

Councillor Stuart Watson added: "I think still some of the boxes still need ticking first before we go further."

Senior planning officer, Andy Allan, felt the proposals were a good solution to the surface water drainage issues and put forward a recommendation that the application be approved.

He said: "I believe we have a workable scheme here and we can't achieve more or go further on this. It is a good scheme which will address the problem and as planning officers, we fully support this."

Councillor Edward Mossop moved approval of the plan.

He said: "This is an appropriate site for development. It is only this issue of drainage but I am reassured that we have now gone as far as we can."

Councillor Neil Cooper, chairman of the planning committee said the design of the properties is very good and in keeping with Woodhall Spa.

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