Homes and access road approved at Long Bennington ahead of store decision

The site in Long Bennington.
The site in Long Bennington.

A planning application to build seven homes and an access road off the Main Road in Long Bennington has today been approved by South Kesteven District Council.

The application made by Lindum Homes to construct four single storey bungalows and three one and half storey chalet bungalows on land which is currently a paddock and part of a property’s garden was put before the development control committee, and received 11 votes for approval and four against.

Councillor Mike Cook said: “This particular site is right for development. At present it looks like an abandoned area.”

During the meeting Diane Watkin spoke on behalf of nearby resident Dennis Hampson who said the development would result in ‘loss of privacy, security and quality of life.’

Applicant and planning manager of Lindum Homes Mark Foster also spoke and said: “It will bring an improvement to the site by removing the dilapidated garages”, in reference to workshops and the former petrol filling station Bennington Gear Change.

This approval comes ahead of a related proposal to build a Lincolnshire Co-operative store on land adjacent to this site, which will be considered in a future meeting of the committee.

Although made by different applicants, both intend to make use of the access road and Mark Foster told the committee that a purchase agreement had been made between the two parties.