Special meeting to discuss Brigg Road homes plan

A special meeting has been called to discuss an amended outline planning application for homes off Brigg Road.

Caistor Town Council will hold the meeting next week, on Thursday, June 16, 2016, after running out of time to discuss the plans at last night’s (June 9) monthly planning meeting.

The new outline application is for 69 homes. Previously the plans were drawn up for 72 homes.

The application number remains the same – 131181 – and the plans can be seen at West Lindsey District Council’s website at https://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building/view-applications-decisions-and-appeals/search-our-planning-application-database/

 

Introducing the topic, Cllr Alan Caine, the chairman of the town council’s planning committee, reminded the meeting that the application could not be discussed during the public forum, which only allows the public to speak about items on the agenda of the main meeting.

Cllr Caine added that he had circulated a list of considerations that planners could take into account. He has also posted them on his personal Facebook timeline. They are shown below:

Screen shot 2016-06-10 at 12.58.46Cllr Caine also listed the considerations that planners could not take into account, shown below:

Screen shot 2016-06-10 at 12.59.21

Cllr Michael Galligan immediately requested that a separate meeting be organised to consider the council’s response, due to the sensitivity of the application and the length of time it has been ongoing. He pointed out that the amended application had only appeared “this week.” An outline application was first submitted in 2014.

“We’ve got nearly ten minutes,” answered Mayor Carol Mackenzie. “Can we see how it goes and then decide?”

Cllr Caine suggested that the council should seek a number of conditions such as a speed limit reduction and the number and style of dwellings.

But Cllr Clive Rudd pointed out that a proposed nearby access to Keyworth Drive from Brigg Road had been denied because it was considered too dangerous. “This should not even be considered,” he said.

“If we don’t put anything in there, we will lose the chance to say anything,” said Cllr Caine. “We need to make sure we do it within time.”

Screen shot 2016-06-10 at 12.45.21Above, the view from Canada Lane shows the area affected by the proposed development. (Taken from a document supplied to West Lindsey District Planning Department)
Cllr Galligan asked what had changed since the town council unanimously opposed the site for housing last October.

“That application was already in,” said Cllr Caine.

Mayor Mackenzie then intervened and said she agreed that an extra meeting must be held.

Councillors were reminded that the meeting had to be organised quickly, as interested parties had only 21 days to make observations, with the countdown beginning on June 3.

Town Clerk Helen Pitman sent out details this morning (June 10) confirming that the meeting will be held at the Town Hall Arts Centre, starting at 7.15pm. The agenda does not make provision for a public forum.

3 Comments

  1. Heather Grant

    Thank you Shona for publicising this as it is really important that the planners are in no doubt that many people strongly oppose this application.

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  2. Beverley Sheridan

    There must be a way to get people mobilised against this development which is so detrimental to the environment and public amenity. I do not understand the comment that we have to have something to give us a voice. Can someone please clarify as to me “something” becomes the thin end of the wedge for everything else to follow.

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  3. Michael Stockwood

    Cllr Caine sat on the West Lindsey planning committee for a number of years, but I’m sure that 75% of his list of considerations put before the meeting to be sent to the planning department will not be acceptable to planners. They are irrelevant, given the fact that this is an outline planning application, not for full planning consent. I am surprised the clerk did not give guidance to Cllr Caine, which would have been invaluable given the circumstances.

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