PLANS for the expansion of Grantham moved a step closer this week after developer David Wilson Homes applied to build 99 homes at Poplar Farm.
The area between Barrowby Road and Gonerby Road, known as Poplar Farm or the North West Quadrant, has already been identified by the council as suitable for 1,800 homes.
Leader of South Kesteven District Council Councillor Linda Neal welcomed the news.
She said: “This is good news for Grantham. It’s a very positive sign that developers are investing in our town and showing confidence in our plans for the future.”
The applications by David Wilson Homes North Midlands on behalf of the Buckminster Trust is the first application to take advantage of general planning permission for the area granted last year.
A covering letter in support of the application from David Wilson Homes planning manager Helen Boadhurst states: “The enclosed scheme encompasses a range of two-, three-, four and five-bed properties and proposes a design which complies with the originally submitted design and access statement.
“The design, external appearance and layout proposed has endeavoured to take into account the comments and suggestions made during the pre-application meetings.”
The Poplar Farm development is part of the wider Grantham Growth Point plan which would also see up to 4,000 homes built to the south of Grantham in an area between the A52 and Spittlegate Level. This is known as the Southern Quadrant.
Both developments have received the backing of Grantham MP Nick Boles, who sees the growth of the town as vital for Grantham’s economy and the future of Grantham Hospital.
Mr Boles has said that Grantham “can no longer support, say, a hospital or the shops we want because of the size of town Grantham has always been. We need to have a bigger captive market. We need to build these houses and pull in another 15,000 people.”
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