Who will gain the most from 4,000 houses?

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Having attended the recent consultation process for the proposed residential development in the South Grantham area, I was astonished to learn that the residents were only there to comment on what I would call cosmetic issues regarding the totally unacceptable proposal to site 4,000 new homes there.

I was more astonished to be told that the planning process had been completed, and that there had been a decision passed by the council already, so we residents no longer had any say in this particular matter.

Interestingly, advisers didn’t seem to have a grasp of the planning history: certainly, the person I was speaking to could not confirm when the decisions were passed, which I find completely unacceptable. How can they be so poorly informed? It hardly promotes an air of trust within the community.

One couple have lived in the same house for 30 years and this was the first time that they had heard of such a development.

Whilst I understand the need for new homes, I cannot subscribe to the sheer intensity of homes in such a relatively small area, especially one that involves a very high percentage of green areas.

Nor do I subscribe to the fallacy of the council’s effusive claim that such a development will create significant employment for the local economy.

Grantham is severely lacking in robust employment opportunities, and I believe that the majority of well over 10,000 additional new people living in the area, (let alone the other potential residential developments earmarked for the town) will be forced to commute to other areas of the country in order to work.

Also to propose that there are plans for new shopping areas is a political fallacy. We currently live in a town that is besieged by transitory and/or empty shops. I have lost count of how many shops have disappeared in my six-and-a-half years as a local resident.

For the council to promote any new large housing development as a valuable opportunity to create new shopping areas is nothing short of lunacy. We’re not fools.

Who stands to gain the most from this? That’s the question that should be answered.

B.Stephenson

Bridge End Road