A new service station is set to get the green light despite strong objections from Horncastle Town Council. Plans have been submitted to knock down the existing Mountview garage, workshop and service station on Lincoln Road in the town.
This would be replaced by a new department store and forecourt, which neighbors say would increase noise and light pollution and be inappropriate for the area. East Lindsey District Council officials have recommended that the program be approved at next week’s planning meeting.
A concerned resident said he feared the constant noise from customers, motors, washing jets and car doors. A person living on Lincoln Road added: ‘A 6am to 11pm window will only attract the unwanted presence of young drivers who have nowhere to go, who will just ‘hang around’.
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A gas price totem was removed from the plans in response to more complaints from residents. But some locals say the store will “always light up the area like a beacon”.
Horncastle Town Council accepted the objections, saying: ‘The plans are not in line with the conservation area it borders.’ He is also concerned about the lack of drainage or bat conservation plans.
Rutherford Holdings’ application states that “every effort is made to create a design scheme that is both attractive and functional, providing a retail unit that elevates the existing street scene and enables a first class customer experience. class”. The plan will be presented to councilors on Thursday, June 9.