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Air quality concerns surrounding 70-home development near Grantham are disproved

A warning over air quality, which saw a 70-home development on the A1 at Colsterworth shelved last month, has been disproved by South Kesteven District Council officers.

Colsterworth parish councillor Mark Ramage told the authority’s planning committee that the site of the outline proposals, submitted by Quality Solicitor on behalf of the estate of the late Susan Goffin, had a level of nitrogen dioxide 40 per cent above European standards. He said Defra figures placed the level at 60 micrograms, whereas the recommended figure was 40.

His comments caused concerns among councillors who asked for the plans to be deferred.

The planned site (16443308)
The planned site (16443308)

Officers will tell councillors next week that the figures they have from Defra place the level at 10-20 micrograms, 20 micrograms below the European standard.

“The Defra data demonstrates that the site is not in an area where pollutants exceed or are at risk of exceeding the European and UK standards,” a report says.

“In fact, the annual mean levels are less than half the maximum permitted level.

The proposed layout of the development at Colsterworth (16477123)
The proposed layout of the development at Colsterworth (16477123)

“The council’s environmental protection team have confirmed that this is case and that the figures quoted by Colsterworth Parish Council are incorrect.

“Furthermore, where the council has carried out monitoring at sites elsewhere within the district along the A1 corridor which have characteristics that mean they are more likely to have higher levels, the annual mean levels there have consistently been well below the European and UK standard.”

The officers say tree planting already proposed within the site and on a planned acoustic bund will also help.

They have also responded to noise concerns and suggested changes to conditions requiring better design to be submitted at reserve stage.

They will again recommend approval on Wednesday.

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