Residents furious as trees cut down on Grantham site targeted for 550 homes

Trees cut down near Longcliffe Road, Grantham.
Trees cut down near Longcliffe Road, Grantham.
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Residents on the Manthorpe estate in Grantham have complained about the cutting down of trees in a field which has been targeted for a 550-home development.

Workmen have been cutting down trees in the field at the end of Longcliffe Road. Developer Larkfleet Homes wants to build 550 homes on the site.

St Wulfram’s ward district councillor Ray Wootten says he has been contacted by a number of residents today concerned about the trees.

Coun Wootten said: “It’s a sneaky thing to do. They are rather presumptuous that they are going to get planning permission. I thank residents for being vigilant and contacting me. I will let them know as soon as an application is in.”

Val Rose, who lives on Wensleydale Close, said she saw a JCB digger being used by workers who were cutting the trees down this morning. She said: “They just charge in and do what they want. I think what they are doing is bulldozing their way in on the Longcliffe Road area. We are furious with it.”

Larkfleet Homes says it is looking to bring forward an outline planning application for 550 homes, off Longcliffe Road, which would include a range of different house types and affordable housing.

The plans also include a neighbourhood centre, a convenience store and three small shop units, a single form entry primary school with joint-use hall and playing fields, play areas, allotments and connections to existing footpaths and the cycle network.

Four years ago the company applied to build 1,000 homes on the site which was refused. Those plans included a hotel and a pub.

The Journal is waiting for a response from Larkfleet about the trees.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the trees being cut down?