Consultation event for new homes, schools, surgery and shops

A plan indicating the main land use areas proposed for public consultation for the urban extension by The Drove Landowners Partnership. EMN-151022-175427001 EMN-151022-175427001
A plan indicating the main land use areas proposed for public consultation for the urban extension by The Drove Landowners Partnership. EMN-151022-175427001 EMN-151022-175427001

Details of a major urban expansion proposed to the west of Sleaford will be on show for public comment next week.

The proposed development has been put forward by The Drove Landowners Partnership, a consortium of landowners of the area earmarked.

The public exhibition will take place on Wednesday November 4, 2-7.30pm at The Source, Riverside Church, Southgate in Sleaford.

People can give feedback to the project team on the scheme via a questionnaire.

Mark Eagland, lead planning consultant with Peacock and Smith, the company representing the partnership explained that following extensive preparatory work and discussions with North Kesteven District Council, The Drove Landowners Partnership, is proposing to submit a planning application for up to 1,400 dwellings with supporting community and employment uses on land to the east of the A15.

The site is already earmarked by the district council in its Draft Local Plan and Central Lincs Core SZtrategy for development in the area over the next 25 years as the Sleaford West SUE Sustainable Urban Extension. Mr Eagland said his clients had been encouraged by the council to bring this outline scheme forward in the search for more housing land.

In addition to creating much needed housing in the area, the proposals will provide 5.5 hectares of land for a new secondary school and 1.8 hectares for a new primary school. There would be a multi GP surgery, employment land, a local shopping centre and approximately 15 hectares of open space for amenity areas, children’s play and sports pitch provision (some shared with the proposed schools).

Main access points would be off the A15 (via a new roundabout), with limited access from the east via St Denys’ Avenue, Stokes Drive and The Drove after road improvements.

Commenting on the consultation, he said: “This exhibition will reflect the basic components in the application and provide more detail.We will analyse what people have said about the exhibition proposals and take their comments into account before submitting a planning application by the end of the year.

He said they had been working closely with the local authority, adding: “This is a planned new community with the infrastructure and supporting facilities. It is going to be phased over a number of years, built in phases.”

Regarding the area for set aside for employment he said specific uses would be down to market demand. He said the eventual scheme could be completed by a single or number of development companies, depending on expressions of interest.