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Louth expansion plan for 1,000 homes set for public viewing

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: March 25, 2013

NEW HOMES PLAN: Louth Town Councillors were given more information on potential plans for 800 to 1,000 new homes off Legbourne Road.

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A PUBLIC exhibition for a major expansion of Louth is likely to be held in advance of a planning application being submitted.

Plans are in the process for a development of up to 1,000 homes on Legbourne Road in Louth.

The development is being proposed by Gladman Developments and landowners AR and MA Pridgeon .

As well as a substantial number of new homes, the development is expected to create a new primary school for Louth, new shops, recreational areas and health centre.

Agents representing the landowners and developers presented the initial plans to members of Louth Town Council.

Andy Booth of Globe Consultants, said: "We are liaising with East Lindsey District Council who will be partly dictating the amount of houses according to the housing need. It could be in the region of 800 to 1,000 new homes.

"There are difficulties in building new housing on the coast due to issues such as flooding so, naturally, towns such as Louth and some villages are realistically going to be the areas where new housing is going to go in East Lindsey.

"Some towns and villages do not have the same level of services that Louth has to offer so that's why we think this is the favoured location for a development like this. The number of houses will become more clearer in time as we go on but it has the potential to deliver 1,000 homes.

"This presentation is a starting point to bring local councillors up to speed and there will be other opportunities for the general public through public exhibitions in the future."

Ivor Beatman, representing the Pridgeons said it is important to get as much local knowledge and information to put into the proposal.

He said: "We plan to mail shot around 500 local residents, there will be advanced consultations with exhibitions, feedback forms and we will have a dedicated website.

"In the last 12 months we have been looking at highway capacity issues and all sorts of ecology from bats, trees, hedges and toads. We know surface water flooding is an issue and we are looking at that to make sure our proposals are robust. We also know that smells from the farm are an issue and we are working on that as the farmer is my client. It's on our radar and we know it is an issue."

No indication was given on whether a planning application could be submitted later this year.

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