Plan for housing on former school land in Billingborough is put back

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Plans for a housing estate on the former Aveland High School site in Billingborough have been put back because councillors want assurances that community facilities will be provided on the playing fields.

Members of the development control committee agreed to defer the application by Lincolnshire County Council, which owns the land. They want the county council and Billingborough Parish Council to come to an agreement over how the playing fields will be run once the area is developed.

The plan is to build houses on the site formerly occupied by the school buildings, which have been demolished. The playing fields will be used for allotments and other community uses, including a proposed car park so that cars are not parked on Birthorpe Road once the houses have been built.

Coun Michael King said he would like to see a section 106 agreement approved so that the necessary facilities for the community land could be agreed before any development goes ahead, otherwise the developer could decide whatever facilites they wanted should be provided.

But officers said a section 106 agreement was inappropriate for the site. They said planning permission was not necessary for allotments.

Coun King proposed the application be deferred so that a solution could be found to ensure the basic infrastructure and recreational facilities are provided on the playing fields. The proposal was carried.