New Grantham Area Action Plan to be resubmitted in 2014

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A document containing detailed plans for the future of Grantham will be resubmitted to a planning inspector next year, after the first was scrapped over “substantial concerns”.

Roland Punshon of The Planning Inspectorate was appointed by the Secretary of State last year to look at the Grantham Area Action Plan, a Development Plan document which details the local authority’s plans for the town, including the building of at least 5,529 houses between now and 2026.

He ruled in a highly critical letter that South Kesteven District Council should review the plan as it was “too simplistic and fails to deal properly and comprehensively with circumstances which are likely to arise”. He went on to recommend that the council scrap the document and start again, throwing up concerns over costs and another lengthy consultation process.

A SKDC spokesman confirmed this week that the new plans would be ready for submission next year once issues raised had been addressed.