Appeal could pave way for 1,000 home development

Manthorpe masterplan

Manthorpe masterplan

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REJECTED plans for a huge 1,000 home development in Manthorpe are back on the table.

The Larkfleet Homes development was rejected in January by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee.

However, the developer has refused to admit defeat and has gone over the council’s head by appealing directly to the Planning Inspectorate.

SKDC councillor Ray Wootten, who represents the St Wulfram’s ward, said he was expecting the developer’s actions.

Coun Wootten organised a petition against the proposal which garnered more than 400 signatures.

He said: ‘I am not surprised that they have appealed, however I am confident that there is a strong case to put before the enquiry to uphold the committee decision to refuse planning permission.

“This area cannot cope with any increase in traffic that this development would bring, which at peak times is often backed up beyond Belton Lane.”

The appeal paves the way for an inquiry, likely to be held in Grantham, which has been pencilled in for September of this year.

If it gets the green light, the development would be built on land south of Belton Lane and to the east of the A607. The area has not been set aside for development as part of Grantham Growth Point, despite efforts on behalf of Larkfleet to have it included.

As well as 1,000 homes, the plan would also include a continuing care retirement community and a neighbourhood centre including a primary school and a health care facility.

There would also be shops and a pub and/or hotel, while alterations would also be made to the junction of the A607 and Belton Lane. A timetable of the appeals process appears on the Planning Inspectorate website, including an invitation for comments from interested parties, beginning on July 12.

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