Housing on old school site


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

Members of the South Kesteven District Council Development Control Committee agreed to defer the application by landowners Lincolnshire County Council when it met last Tueday.

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 which belonged to the school will be used for allotments and other community uses, including a proposed car park.

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, or the developer might decide whatever facilities it wanted.

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

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

The proposal was carried.