Planners urged to approve 200-property development

The site designated for 200 homes by Larkfleet. It will now take up some of the land north of teh Grantham Road for drainage works. EMN-150722-084356001

The site designated for 200 homes by Larkfleet. It will now take up some of the land north of teh Grantham Road for drainage works. EMN-150722-084356001

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District planners are being recommended to approve a 200 property development on the west side of Sleaford.

Developers Larkfleet have applied to North Kesteven District Council to build a revised number of homes on the site, which is predominantly between Northfield Road and the A15, south of Grantham Road.

Larkfleet had originally wanted permission for up to 230 dwellings on land south of Grantham Road, but have reduced that to 200 following concerns about surface water drainage.

In a bid to alleviate those concerns, part of the proposed development site is now to the north of Grantham Road providing a balancing pond and drainage ditch. The rest of the site north of Grantham Road would then be designated employment land if North Kesteven District Councillors agreed to an alteration to the Sleaford Masterplan for development in the area.

The proposed scheme would allow for 35 per cent affordable housing as part of the development.

Two neighbouring residents have lodged objections to the application, with Michael Molyneux concerned there is insufficient landscaping space within the site and Mark Garwood objecting on the grounds that the development would put an added strain on already stretched local services and facilities.

However, Sleaford Town Council has no objections, though did raise concerns about traffic management.

The application is to be considered at a meeting of North Kesteven District Council planning sub-committee in the council chamber, Kesteven Street, Sleaford on Tuesday, July 28, when committee members are being recommended to give authority to planning officers to approve under delegated powers upon completion of a Section 106 planning agreement.

The agreement would require the developer to contribute £1,254,651 towards the provision of additional primary, secondary and sixth form places within Sleaford, £54,900 towards the provision of additional healthcare facilities in the town and £227,000 towards the provision and implementation of local transport. This would be in addition to the provision of public open space on the development site.

Tuesday’s planning meeting starts at 5pm.