Branston 'cannot cope with new homes'

Sign for Save Branston Village
Image caption Many people are against development, according to Save Branston Village

Villagers are fighting against a proposed housing development they say local roads and services would be unable to cope with.

About 200 homes could be built on land near Mere Road and Sleaford Road, in Branston, near Lincoln.

Campaign group Save Branston Village said the location was "inappropriate" and the village would not cope with an increase in population.

Developers Taylor Wimpey said the plans would enhance the existing community.

Sharon Fox, from Save Branston Village, said she was concerned about more traffic, and the local conservation area.

She said: "The vast majority of residents in Branston are concerned about impact of such a large development will have the infrastructure of the village.

"We're a small village and the impact on the roads, amenities would be significant.

"We're not anti-development [but] we strongly believe housing should be provided in appropriate sustainable locations."

'Overall shortage'

Dominic Harman, managing director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: "We believe our outline planning application for much-needed new homes in Branston will enhance the existing community.

"Branston is a recognised as a sustainable location and is recognised by the local planning authority as a village which needs new homes to contribute to the overall shortage of land identified in the local plans."

He added the development would respect the conservation area and the company would offer an area of land for a new "community facility".

A public consultation was held in September, but the project team has yet to submit an outline planning application to North Kesteven District Council.

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