Grantham councillor ‘outraged’ by Larkfleet bid to stop Grantham bypass

Coun Ray Wootten
Coun Ray Wootten
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A Grantham councillor says he is outraged by the news that developer Larkfleet has been allowed to mount a legal challenge to the building of the southern Grantham bypass.

Coun Ray Wootten said it is “disastrous” news for Grantham. He told the Journal that he feared for the Manthorpe area where Larkfleet have plans to build 500 homes.

Coun Wootten, who represents the St Wulfram’s ward where Larkfleet hope to build the homes, told the Journal: “Here we go again. If they win I feel this could make the Manthorpe area more vulnerable to development. After all that effort to promote that area (for the southern bypass) I now fear the worst for Manthorpe. I feel outraged. Larkfleet are acting like bully boys.”

Larkfleet announced this afternoon they would be mounting another legal challenge to the bypass.

A Larkfleet spokesman said: “Larkfleet Homes is pleased that Lord Justice Sullivan has given us leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal on the issue of the planning permission for the Grantham Southern Quadrant Relief Link Road (SQLR) and recognises that we have a realistic prospect of success.

“Larkfleet Homes is very supportive of the growth of Grantham and to the principle of the southern quadrant development proposal.

“The issue surrounds the southern quadrant housing development and the SQLR which cannot proceed without each other and will have significant environmental impacts when taken in combination. They represent one project for environmental impact assessment (EIA) purposes.

“Our concern is that the EIA for the road has looked at the impacts of that proposal in isolation without taking into account the environmental impacts of the housing project.

“This is key because the EIA for the housing development may identify significant environmental effects that need to be addressed but it will be too late to do anything about them because the planning permission for the road will already be in place and, indeed, the construction of the road will have begun.

“We believe, therefore, that the permission for the road is not lawful and should be quashed.

“The construction of the road is likely to be delayed while these legal issues are resolved but it is important to be clear that this isn’t about obscure legal technicalities. It is about getting major growth right for the current and future residents of the town and their ability to effectively engage as key stakeholders with full knowledge and transparency of the details, impacts and mitigation measures proposed for this major development project for the town.”