Locals liking the look of Larkfleet plans

Sleaford councillor Adrian Snookes chats to Edward Saunders from Athene Communications about the Larkfleet Homes plans. EMN-160905-175327001

Sleaford councillor Adrian Snookes chats to Edward Saunders from Athene Communications about the Larkfleet Homes plans. EMN-160905-175327001

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Almost 100 residents visited an event to study plans for a 200-home development on the edge of Sleaford.

Larkfleet Homes of Bourne have outline proposals for a housing development on land north of Grantham Road and east of the A15 bypass.

This will be phase two of the project after already securing outline permission for 200 homes on the opposite side of Grantham Road in the first phase of their scheme.

Edward Saunders of Athene Communications, which organised the event at the New Life Conference Centre last Wednesday, said opinions seemed to be favourable.

This second phase would see a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom homes including affordable and starter homes. The area would be landscaped with play areas and screened from the road with drainage ponds, although these would be dry most of the time. It would be accessed by a new roundabout off Grantham Road, shared with phase one. A transport assessment will be done to account for any impact on the local road network.

The company sought feedback on plans for business units, a convenience store and a family pub. Mr Saunders said: “Most people would like to see a pub and there is a reasonable amount of support for a local food store.”

If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start in early 2017 and take up to four years to build. On top of money required for school, road and health provision, the Larkfleet Community Fund will donate up to £75,000 for community projects.

Adrian Snookes of Grantham Road needed assurances there would be adequate provision for doctors, schools and education.

Rod Munro said: “The plans look great, but unless developers are forced to provide community space and buildings we will end up with another Greylees situation where there is nothing.”