Fears in Donington that influx of 400 new homes will stretch services to breaking point
Parish councillors and residents fear an influx of new homes in Donington will stretch services to breaking point.
Donington Parish Council heard 400 new homes are in the pipeline, including 150 with planning consent being sought for an extension of the Ashwood Homes site in Town Dam Lane.
Schools are full, the village has no doctor's surgery or dentist, and the sewerage system is already overloaded.
Speaking in the public forum, a resident said new homes are needed - "otherwise the centre of the village is going to die" - but the outdated sewerage system is struggling to cope now.
He said: "The people down Malting Lane know well the sewerage station stinks at times and it should not."
The comments come in the wake of district and parish councillor Jane King saying money should be made available to extend the already full primary and secondary schools - and pointing out the need for Donington to have a GP surgery and dentist.
If the village infrastructure remains as it is, it is feared new residents will have to send their children elsewhere to school.
Also there are few jobs available in the village.
The resident told the council: "Donington will become a place for people to come and sleep and go off to work and stuff like that."
Coun Phil Lovell said we are for ever being told about our carbon footprint but adding new developments in places where there are no jobs or school places is not going to help the environment.
Later, as councillors debated the Ashwood Homes planning application, council chairman Arthur Baldwin said: "Not only do the parish council want to object but every individual wants to object as well."
Councillors reported hearing from Anglian Water employees on the ground about the sewerage system being unable to cope with extra homes and county councillor Rodney Grocock said that was a common problem across South Holland.
Coun King told the meeting: "They will probably say that is not a planning issue, the same as the schools being oversubscribed in the village."
Coun Lovell said a development in Town Dam Lane would generate too much traffic on nearby roads, Mill Lane and Malting Lane.
He asked: "Do you think these roads are fit for that amount of traffic? I don't."
Town Dam Lane links to the A152 but is narrow and poorly maintained for a long stretch.
Coun Baldwin told members they have until June 20 to send comments to the district council.
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