Larkfleet plan for 550 houses in Grantham would ‘not have significant impact on environment’

Trees cut down near Longcliffe Road, Grantham, in November, on land targeted by Larkfleet for 550 homes..
Trees cut down near Longcliffe Road, Grantham, in November, on land targeted by Larkfleet for 550 homes..
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A plan to build 550 houses on land in Manthorpe would not have significant effects on the environment, according to the Government.

Developer Larkfleet Homes appealed against a decision by South Kesteven District Council to have an environmental impact assessment (EIA) but the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has decided an assessment is not necessary.

Ward councillor Ray Wootten said: “This decision does not change my view that when this application is submitted it will be fought by the residents of Manthorpe Village and Estate and supported by myself and adjacent ward councillors.”

The Secretary of State does not consider that the proposal is likely to have significant effects on the environment for the following reasons:

 Its characteristics. The proposal is primarily residential development of approximately 550 dwellings and associated development including a neighbourhood centre, a single form entry Primary School and grounds. It is

limited in size and unlikely to have significant effects in this regard. There would be traffic, noise, emissions and light impacts however, they are not considered to be significant due to the scale of the project.

 The location of development in terms of environmental sensitivity of the areas that would be affected. The proposal is not within or adjacent to or close to a ‘sensitive area’ (such as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as set out in Regulation 2 of the 2011 Regulations). The site is within the Grantham Scarps and Valleys character area of the South Kesteven Landscape Character Assessment and the Grade I Belton House and Park are approximately 1.5 km north of the site. However, I do not consider that the proposal would have a significant effect on these ecological or cultural assets. The Environment Agency flood-risk maps indicate that the site is entirely within flood Zone 1. Due to the nature and scale of the proposal it is not considered that it would have a significant effect to warrant the need for an ES.

 The characteristics of the potential impact. The proposal would primarily be residential development on previously agricultural land, and its impacts will not be of a magnitude or complexity such as to indicate that there is a likelihood of significant effects. I accept that the development would increase traffic and that an impact on air quality is likely. However the traffic, emissions, noise and light impacts are not considered to be significant. The site does not fall within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) but it is noted that there is an AQMA approximately 3km away to the south in Grantham Town Centre. The proposal is not a particularly hazardous or complex form of development.