A MARKET town's population could dramatically increase after plans have been revealed for up to 1,000 new properties.
An environmental impact assessment has been submitted for a new residential area covering 94 hectares of agricultural land to the rear of Agarth Farm and Southfield Farm in the area of Legbourne Road in Louth.
Depending on the environmental assessment and scoping and screening request submitted to East Lindsey District Council, an outline planning application could be forthcoming.
The application has been made by Gladman Developments and landowners AR and MA Pridgeon and is being made on the basis of a master plan.
The total number of houses has not yet been confirmed but it could be up to 1,000 new homes.
According to the planning documents, it will create a sustainable residential extension to Louth, providing high quality homes but also new infrastructure such as community buildings, local shops, a new primary school, a health centre including a doctor's surgery and a dentist, recreational areas, cycle and pathways as well as employment opportunities to serve the development.
An environmental impact assessment identifies the key environmental issues that are likely to arise from the development.
Councillor George Horton, whose district council ward covers the proposed area, said: "We always welcome new development for its economic viability to help support the town.
"However, a concern I have with a development of this size is are there the jobs in this area to sustain it. We will have to wait and see how the plans develop."
In the past, the Legbourne Road and Keddington Road area of Louth has been subjected to flooding, particularly from surface water and local residents have complained about ongoing odour problems from Southfield Farm.
Submitted comments on the application include those by the director of education at Lincolnshire County Council, who said: "Clearly such a large application will have a great deal of impact on schools in Louth and we have been previously consulted by the agent and provided some details on the scale of mitigation we would require - namely a new primary school. Once the detail of the application is available we will respond in detail and consider additional aspects such as early years and childcare requirements also.
"We look forward to working with ELDC and the applicant to develop a sustainable project that does not adversely impact on Louth primary schools, which are projected to be full and have no opportunity to expand on the scale needed to accommodate a development of this size."