A study commissioned by the district council says there is plenty of land in the Grantham area suitable for building 15,000 houses.
The study by AECOM has looked at sites around Grantham to help South Kesteven District Council put together its Local Plan. The study concludes that there is land around Grantham which is suitable for the development of 10,825 homes, with the potential for a further 4,525 houses if necessary. That is a total of 15,350 homes on a total area of more than 1,500 acres of land.
The report, called the Grantham Capacity and Limits to Growth Study, pinpoints six areas around the town it says are suitable for housing and employment development. One of those areas it says is suitable for housing is land next to the Manthorpe estate bounded by the A607 and Belton Lane.
Developer Larkfleet says it wants to build 500 houses on the site. A previous bid in 2011 to build 1,000 houses there was rejected and local residents have voiced their opposition to any such development, saying the A607 already cannot cope with the amount of traffic using it.
County councillor Ray Wootten, who represents the ward, said: “Having read the Grantham Capacity Study report, it is clear that there is a recommendation that land adjacent to the Manthorpe estate is suitable for residential development, south of the pylons.
“Should an application be submitted it will be vigorously opposed. Clearly, there is a lack of understanding from the author of this report on local issues which affect residents’ daily lives, which have not been taken into account.”
Other areas which AECOM says are ideal for housing development include a large swathe of land from the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks on the A52 up to the village of Londonthorpe, over the Hills and Hollows and east of the High Dyke. It says the barracks area, the former Spitalgate airfield, would be suitable for development if it became available.
It also says that land adjoining the current Poplar Farm development to the west and beyond the A1 towards Sedgebrook could be used for housing. Other areas focused on by the report suggests employment uses. These areas include the land south of the town across the A1 (area 3 on the map attached) close to where the KiNG31 industrial area is already planned alongside the southern quadrant housing development.
It also says more employment development might be approriate at Gonerby Moor (area 6) where a number of industrial sites have built up near the Downtown superstore. There is also a suggestion that an area of land north of the A607 between Grantham and Denton (area 4) would be suitable for employment and tourism development, perhaps to include hotel or conference venues.
To read the report go to moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk