Plans to raise plot of land in Saxilby approved despite community concerns

West Lindsey District Council has approved plans to elevate a plot of land in Saxilby, despite numerous objections from neighbours who have raised concerns about potential flooding.
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While acknowledging concerns from the community, members of the council’s Planning Committee ultimately decided to approve the development on West Bank.

After receiving approval to construct a replacement property and a new detached garage on what has been described as a “self-build” plot, applicant Giles Kirk later sought permission to elevate the land back to its original state to make it more usable.

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However, neighbours raised concerns that this alteration could increase the likelihood of flooding in adjacent properties and fields, claiming that the area is a known flood plain.

Plans to raise a plot of land in Saxilby have been approved despite community concernsPlans to raise a plot of land in Saxilby have been approved despite community concerns
Plans to raise a plot of land in Saxilby have been approved despite community concerns

During the meeting, Mr Kirk refuted these concerns, stating: “There is no historical evidence the site was or wasn’t used as a borrow pit.

“Also, there is no evidence to suggest that filling this land in would cause further flooding elsewhere.”

Despite her initial objections to the proposal, ward Coun Jackie Brockway (Conservative) confirmed: “Whilst it is true that it floods, it has never been designated a formal flood plain.”

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Over the past few months local residents living along West Bank have called for help due to the worsening condition of their road and riverbank, which threatens to leave them isolated.

They attribute the damage to the road and riverbank to the heavy traffic of delivery trucks servicing local businesses and tankers accessing Anglian Water’s sewage works at the end of the road. Many living in the area are concerned that ongoing construction will exacerbate the situation.

Saxilby Parish Council was just one of the objectors that raised this point, stating: “There is an anticipated impact with the amount of HGV movements along West Bank, which is a single-lane road.

“There are no passing places. The construction traffic could cause instability of the bank alongside the canal if vehicles try to pass each other.”

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Nonetheless, following a site visit, Coun John Barrett (Conservative) proposed that the application be approved.

He was later seconded by Coun Tom Smith (Conservative), who added: “In planning terms, I cannot find a single planning policy that would stand up to an appeal.”