Plan for 1,000 new homes in Manthorpe is rejected

The plans for the "Manthorpe Masterplan" were rejected.
The plans for the "Manthorpe Masterplan" were rejected.
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COUNCIL planners shot down an application by developers looking to build 1,000 homes in Manthorpe.

But developers could yet re-submit proposals.

If accepted, the Larkfleet Homes development would have seen 1,000 homes built on land south of Belton Lane and west of the A607.

The outline plan would also have seen a new primary school built along with a retirement community, neighbourhood centre, health facility and a hotel.

However, South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject the proposals, with the main criticism being traffic implications.

Councillor for Manthorpe Ray Wootten said: “Clearly they have never sat in a queue stretching from outside the village of Manthorpe to the town centre on most weekdays.”

Coun Wootten hailed the decision as a victory for the 400 people who signed a petition against the plans. He said: “I want to say a thank you to everyone who supported the decision. It shows it can make a difference.”

Gonerby councillor Geoff Thompson said the development, if accepted, would see many people using Belton Lane and its humpback bridge as a “rat run” to get to the A1.

He said: “Grantham’s existing east/west relief road, otherwise known as Belton Lane, is inundated with traffic and anyone fool enough to believe that traffic from this development will have a minimal affect is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

Tony Aspbury, speaking on behalf of the developers, said the Manthorpe proposal was no more likely to cause traffic problems than other likely developments included in the Grantham Growth Point bid - the North West Quadrant (Poplar Farm) and the Southern Quadrant.

Mr Aspbury said: “If the council has concerns then maybe the Growth Point should not have been pursued.”

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Aspbury said the decision was “disappointing but not unexpected”.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of altering and re-submitting the application.

l Were planners right to reject the proposals? Or does Grantham need more housing to grow?