Councillors vote against Stickney homes plans

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A controversial scheme to build up to 100 new dwellings in Stickney has hit the buffers.

At an East Lindsey planning meeting on Thursday, members voted 7-5 to refuse the application by Paul Wilkinson to develop Grade II farmland at the rear of the bungalow known as Sanlyn on Main Road.

Senior planning officer Chris Panton had recommended approval but councillors disliked the ‘dog’s leg’ layout which would take housing into open countryside.

“This could have an adverse impact on the distinctive character of what is essentially a linear village,” said committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper.

Coun Jim Swanson disagreed, adding: “You can’t keep stringing housing further away from the centre - there comes a point when you need to start bulking up the middle.”

There was a controversial moment in the proceedings when a village councillor held up two posters, each proclaiming: ‘We say no!’

However, her protest only lasted a few seconds because the chairman demanded: “Madam, put down your placards!”

Following the meeting, Andy Hey, agent for the application, said it was ‘certain’ either that an appeal would be lodged or that a revised scheme would be submitted – or both.