Gosberton to give its fair share of new housing after scheme backed

South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding where planning committee members met on Wednesday.  Photo: SG290114-223NG.
South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding where planning committee members met on Wednesday. Photo: SG290114-223NG.

Fears that plans for 80 new homes in Gosberton amounted to a “betrayal” of villagers have been ignored by district councillors.

Initial plans for the development near York Gardens was unanimously passed, three months after Gosberton Parish Council was forced to reverse its neutral stance on the plans by two Gosberton families.

The district needs housing and this is an opportunity for Gosberton to provide towards this

Coun James Avery, vice chairman of the planning committee, South Holland District Council

A joint planning application by the Casswells and Roziers, both of Gosberton, sparked opposition from other villagers outraged by the potential loss of agricultural land, loss of countryside views and privacy.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Free Press in December, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, of Gosberton Baptist Church, said: “A neighbour told me that many people had deliberately moved to where they live now because of the lovely, open view they have onto agricultural land.

“Nothing was indicated then about possible development and they feel betrayed, having invested in their retirement homes, only to discover that a large housing estate may be built.”

But planning committee vice chairman Coun James Avery, who backed the plans, said: “The district (South Holland) needs housing and this is an opportunity for Gosberton to provide towards this.”