Grantham plan for 480 houses at Manthorpe should be approved say officers

Up to 480 homes could be built on this site at Manthorpe.
Up to 480 homes could be built on this site at Manthorpe.
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A proposal to build up to 480 houses at Manthorpe has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

The controversial plan will come before the Development Control Committee at South Kesteven District Council on March 7.

Applicants Robert and Steven pask, of Namulas Pension Trustees Ltd, want to build up to 480 homes between the Manthorpe estate and Belton Lane on the edge of Grantham. The plan also includes a single form entry primary school, a neighbourhood centre and public open space.

About 1,000 objections to the plan have been made to the council. Local councillor Ray Wootten has represented residents in the area who are against the plans which they say will cause traffic chaos in the area with manthorpe Road already congested.

Coun Wootten said: “I will be speaking against this application. I am extremely disappointed that despite nearly 1,000 objections being received and only two in favour that the planning officers have decided to go for approval. I ask that if any resident wishes to object to this that they register to speak on the 7th March by sending an email to planning@southkesteven.gov.uk.”

Previously, plans have been submitted for 550 houses by Allison Homes Ltd, part of the Larkfleet Group. This was revised down to 480 last year.

In a report to the Development Control committee, it says that the applicant will sign a 106 agreement, agreeing to provide close to £3 million towards a new school on site and an extension to Priory Ruskin Academy. It will also provide £217,718 towards a new health centre at Poplar Farm, £982,000 towards new bus services and junction improvements and £5,500 for the installation of fire hydrants.

The plan includes a new access point for vehicles off Belton Lane with a northward continuation of access along Longcliffe Road and Rosedale Avenue.