Grantham plan: Developer Larkfleet will appeal against refusal of plan to build 480 homes at Manthorpe

The South Kesteven District Council chamber.

The South Kesteven District Council chamber.

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Developer Larkfleet has confirmed to the Journal that it will appeal against the decision to refuse plans for 480 homes at Manthorpe.

Members of the development control committee at South Kesteven District Council voted to refused the controversial plan this week. About 1,000 people have objected to the plan.

A Larkfleet spokesman said: “We have worked closely with the council and other interested parties over a number of years to produce a development that maximises the benefits to the community, such as providing new homes for people being priced out of the local housing market, a new primary school and local centre, and extensive areas of open space designed to enhance the wildlife of the area.

“We had a meeting with councillors towards the end of last year at which we presented our revised plans. We were pleased by the reception we received and while traffic remained an issue councillors noted advice from the highway officer that there was no justification to refuse the application on those grounds.

“At that presentation we thought that we had resolved all the outstanding issues. We were pleased council officers recommended that councillors should approve the planning application that resulted from that extensive period of joint working. We are obviously disappointed that members of the planning committee rejected the professional advice of their own officers. We will be appealing against the committee’s decision.”