Developer Larkfleet’s bid to appeal over relief road to Supreme Court is rejected

Land at Manthorpe where Allison Homes wants to build 550 houses.
Land at Manthorpe where Allison Homes wants to build 550 houses.
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Housing developer Larkfleet says it is considering a further appeal after its bid to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the building of the southern relief road in Grantham was rejected.

Larkfleet claims that an environmental assessment of the road did not take into account the environmental impact of the housing development planned for the southern quadrant, off Somerby Hill.

A spokesman for Larkfleet said: “Judges at the Appeal Court have formally handed down an order confirming that Larkfleet’s appeal in the matter of the Grantham Relief Road has been dismissed. In addition, they also confirmed that Larkfleet’s application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court has been rejected.

“This written decision merely confirms the decision already given verbally in court some weeks ago.

“Larkfleet is now considering whether or not to seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court directly.”

Larkfleet’s challenge was rejected in August after a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

The developer, based in Bourne, wants to build 550 houses on land at the edge of Grantham next to the Manthorpe Estate.

Meanwhile, a tree preservation order made on trees on the Manthorpe site has been confirmed by South Kesteven District Council. The council imposed a temporary order in April after residents on the Manthorpe estate complained that a number of trees were being cut down near Longcliffe Road.

SKDC said it was putting the preservation order on a number of trees including oak, ash, sycamore, beech, lime and sweet chestnut on land bordered by the East Coast railway line, Belton Lane and Manthorpe Road.