Not impressed by homes plan

COUNCILLORS came out in opposition to plans to build 20 homes and 40 allotment spaces on the edge of Bourne after a string of concerns from worried residents.

Members of the town council’s highways and planning committee met at Bourne Town Hall last week to discuss businessman James Wherry’s plans for land off Beaufort Drive.

The committee heard from members of the public who argued that the land is of historic importance, is prone to flooding and is home to many species of wildlife and went on to agree – and recommend the plan is rejected by South Kesteven District Council.

Mayor Brenda Johnson said she strongly believed the housing development was not needed because the site was not earmarked for housing development.

She said: “It is not in the planning. Why should we allow any more to be put in when there is no infrastructure to support this?”

“I do believe after all I have heard, it is totally unsuitable.”

Coun Helen Powell added: “The habitat is important there too. The development would be a massive intrusion for the wildlife. If we ruin it, the future generations will never forgive us for it.”

Councillors said there is also a lack of parking spaces to cater for the development.

At the meeting town clerk Nelly Jacobs read out a statement from Mr Wherry.

The statement said: “I feel the benefits to the people of Bourne of a substantial reduction to the allotment waiting list and my desire that individual plots are made available to support local builders could outweigh that fact that this application is outside the town plan.”