Council rejects 160-home scheme set to go to inquiry

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

Councillors have rejected plans for a 160-home development on the outskirts of Navenby but it will now go before a planning inspector.

The scheme put forward by Linden EB and Lindum Group of Lincoln was for five hectares of land at Top Farm, off Green Man Lane in the village.

North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee agreed on June 16 to defer their decision to encourage the companies to amend their plans.

However the applicant opted to lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate due to the delay in making a decision. Councillors at the Planning Committee last week therefore voted on whether they would have been minded to approve the scheme as it stood, voting almost unanimously against it as they felt the design was too urban and not in keeping with the village, the development being too dense. Concerns were also raised that the development would put pressure on local services and was not diverse enough to be in keeping with the community.

Local councillor Marianne Overton told The Standard afterwards: “If the inspector finds in the developers’ favour I think it would be a very poor reflection of our system.”