Banner protest over plans for 550 homes off Grantham’s Manthorpe estate

Residents with a banner protesting against plans for 550 homes at Manthorpe.
Residents with a banner protesting against plans for 550 homes at Manthorpe.

Neighbours have protested against plans for a 550-home estate which a developer wants to build on the edge of Grantham at Manthorpe.

The residents made their feelings known yesterday (Thursday) when they gathered on Sandcliffe Road to unfurl a protest banner which said ‘Stuck in traffic? Say NO to 550 more homes and vehicles’.

The prospect of more vehicles on these roads from 550 homes is crazy.

Coun Ray Wootten

Many residents say the road infrastructure in the area is already congested and could not cope with more traffic from 550 families.

The banner, which will be put up nearby by local councillor Ray Wootten, urges 
people to make their objections to South Kesteven District Council. Coun Wootten said 500 objections to the plan have so far been received by the district council.

Allison Homes, part of Larkfleet Group, is submitting the plan. Coun Wootten took issue with claims by Allison Homes in its traffic assessment which said motorists were experiencing delays of only six to 12 seconds when driving off the Manthorpe estate on to Manthorpe Road.

The assessment says that motorists experience average delays of six seconds in the morning and afternoon when exiting Sandcliffe Road on to Manthorpe Road, delays 
of seven seconds in the morning and six in the afternoon when exiting Longcliffe Road.

The developer’s report says: “It can be seen that delays at junctions in the vicinity of the site are relatively small when compared to the town centre junctions.”

But Coun Wootten said: “The idea that motorists are delayed by only six to seven seconds is absurd when regularly residents have to leave the estate at 8am to get into town for 9am.

“The prospect of more vehicles on these roads from 550 homes is crazy.”

A resident of Longcliffe Road, who did not wish to be named, said: “On a normal day people do not leave the estate between 8.15am and 9.30am if they don’t have to. The point is even if you do get on to Manthorpe Road you cannot move. It’s the same every working day.”

Coun Wootten has asked Journal readers to start making a log of their journey times in peak traffic in the morning over a two-week time slot on a normal working day. Email
raywootten@outlook.com or post them to him at 141 Manthorpe Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 8DH.