Concerns over facilities for 290 new homes

Town councillors have concerns about the effects on infrastructure and diminishing amenities for potential residents in a proposed new housing development at Holdingham. EMN-150812-093146001
Town councillors have concerns about the effects on infrastructure and diminishing amenities for potential residents in a proposed new housing development at Holdingham. EMN-150812-093146001

Town councillors have expressed concerns about revised plans for the layout and design of a 290-home development at Holdingham.

Persimmon Homes (East Midlands) has submitted amendments to the scheme off Furlong Way which already has outline permission to include public open space, a health centre and 70-bed dementia care home.

Persimmon Homes explains in its application that the care home and health centre do not form part of this revision and will be pursued by a specialist developer. The care home site is currently up for sale.

According to Persimmon, the proposal was increased to 290 dwellings to provide 101 affordable homes.

However, Sleaford town councillors at last Wednesday’s planning applications committee feared that any benefits for the people in that area were being eroded. They claimed public open space areas were now too unsubstantial to allow ball games and the area designated for the care home and health centre could end up becoming more housing. They also felt too many properties would have to use the one access onto Lincoln Road, claiming the site was being overdeveloped.

Holdingham ward councillor John Charlesworth accepted there were some improvements such as better soundproofing, but said open spaces were now very small and there could be around 500 properties all accessed via the mini roundabout on Lincoln Road. He said: “That care home and health centre seem to have disappeared.”

Coun Mark Graves said: “I think it is a fair question to ask NKDC what this development is adding to the town in terms of infrastructure.”

Coun Garry Titmus said smaller developments like this seem to be missing out on facilities.

Coun David Suiter said: “Larger green areas are more usable, we have to point that out.”