Site for 67 homes approved

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

North Kesteven District Councillors have insisted that the would-be developers of 67 homes in Ruskington submit further detail sooner than was intended after plans were approved.

By a majority vote NKDC’s planning sub-committee last Tuesday gave outline approval for development of the land off Poplar Close after hearing the Environment Agency had lowered its flooding risk assessment of the site.

But there was concern that without essential work being carried out on a culvert, the estate road would not be adopted as highway and bin collection lorries would not be able to use it. In order to move matters forward the committee decided to limit the time for reserved matters – such as the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale – to be submitted from three years to two years.

Ruskington Parish Council had objected to the scheme and members expressed concern over a number of aspects but ultimately were advised that with the land now assessed at the lowest risk for flooding the main reason for refusal had been overcome.

There were 11 votes for, eight against and four abstentions.

The applicant will now have to finalise requirement for affordable housing provision and arrangements for open space, community facilities and additional school places. A further condition has been added to ensure any archaeological remains are preserved in situ.