Flooding risk highlighted

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Concerns have been raised about potential flooding on a proposed new housing estate in Sleaford.

An application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) by consortium the Drove Landowners Partnership to develop a 191 acre site off The Drove.

The proposals would include up to 1,600 homes, as well as a new primary school, secondary school and healthcare centre.

The plans are at a very early stage but some concerns have already been submitted to the district council through the planning process.

Witham First Drainage Board has observed that Holdingham Beck to the north is ‘known to overtop and flood properties’, and the Sock Drain to the south of the site also overtops and has ‘a restricted outfall’ into the River Slea.

The board said: “There are potential problems with the land drainage system in this area.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have also expressed some initial concerns about ‘inadequate water supply for firefighting purposes’.

It has objected to the proposed development until more detailed plans have been submitted.

If the application is approved by NKDC’s planning committee, the applicants say they would ‘provide for the early delivery of between 200 and 300 new dwellings’.

Access to the site would be via a proposed new roundabout on the A15.