Developer proposes 550 homes on outskirts of Grantham

Larkfleet Homes. ENGEMN00120130905092040

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A developer has said it will put forward plans for 550 homes at Manthorpe.

Larkfleet Homes says it is looking to bring forward an outline planning application for 550 homes, off Longcliffe Road, which would include a range of different house types and affordable housing.

The plans also include a neighbourhood centre, a convenience store and three small shop units, a single form entry primary school with joint-use hall and playing fields, play areas, allotments and connections to existing footpaths and the cycle network.

Four years ago the company applied to build 1,000 homes on the site which was refused. Those plans included a hotel and a pub.

Mark Mann, associated planning director with Larkfleet, said: “The plans are materially different from those submitted in 2010. The number of houses has been reduced from 1,000 to 550 and there is no development proposed north of the overhead power lines, which will be retained. Furthermore, the previous roundabout proposed on the A607 is now omitted and the principal vehicular access will now be via Longcliffe Road, with a secondary access via Rosedale Drive. Construction traffic will be accessed from Belton Lane and not via Longcliffe Road or Rosedale Drive.”

Mr Mann added: “We believe that the revised scheme will provide much needed housing for Grantham and will help to foster economic growth and enhance the well-being of the town. We are strong champions of Grantham’s potential for growth and hosted two workshops last year exploring how this growth can be achieved in the best interests of local

people.”

Coun Ray Wootten, who is ward councillor, urged people to register their views. Four years ago Coun Wootten gained 400 signatures on a petition against the previous plan.

Larkfleet says it wants to hear people’s views and will host a public exhibition of its plans at ChristChurch in Finkin Street on Thursday, October 23, from 3pm to 7.30pm.

A letter from Mr Mann was read out to a meeting of Great Gonerby Parish Council on Monday night regarding the plans.

Anybody who would like to discuss the proposals in advance of the exhibition can call Freephone number 0800 9755852. Alternatively you can email consultation@athene-communications.co.uk

The plans will be made available on the company’s webpage in due course at www.larkfleethomes.co.uk/manthorpe