Play park to relocate by Grantham Canal towpath

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A play park promised more than 10 years ago will finally be built – but not where it was originally planned.

Developer Redrow Homes agreed to install a play park as part of an agreement, called section 106, to build homes off Dysart Road in Grantham.

Ten years on, planning officers at South Kesteven District Council have advised that the park, made up of five pieces of equipment, be located by the canal towpath off Earlesfield Lane, as the site previously outlined in Dysart Road is too small.

SKDC head of development and growth Mark Williets said told the development control committee that guidelines published since the developer’s application was first agreed state a minimum space between play equipment and residential areas.

He said: “At the time, guidance didn’t exist and subsequently, since the planning approval and 106 being signed, that guidance has come in which suggests that play equipment for children should be sited in a way that it has a buffer zone between it and any nearby residents.

“In this particular instance the current site offers precious little space, no more than 1.5 metres from the front of the properties to the play equipment, and the dwellings themselves are sited relatively close to the public open space.”

Councillors approved the new application to site the park elsewhere, after previously rejecting the idea.

Approval followed an explanation from Mr Williets that bringing the play equipment closer to the canal towpath fits in with an SKDC priority under ‘clean, green and healthy’ to rejuvenate the towpath through Grantham.