Housing development approved at former Priory Ruskin Academy site in Grantham

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Permission for a residential development on the former site of the Priory Ruskin Academy, has today been approved by South Kesteven District Council.

The 1.3 hectare site off Queensway, where recently the former academy buildings have been demolished, can now be turned into housing subject to planning conditions and the signing of a section 106 agreement.

Although the final design of the development and number of houses remain reserved matters, an indicative layout has been submitted for 43 two storey homes, served by two proposed access roads extending from the existing school driveway entrance off Queensway.

The development must also comply with a section 106 agreement, which with a housing project of this size would normally require allocated funding for the provision of newly created open space as part of the plans.

However as the site is surrounded by playing fields, it has been proposed instead that these funds are used to make improvements to the existing leisure facilties. The figures currently put forward with the application are that £44,842 will go towards improving informal and natural greenspace, £26,932 to outdoor sports space, and £26,951 for children’s and young people’s equipped play space.

Neighbouring resident Jim Perrin was the only public speaker at the meeting, and expressed concern at the ability of surrounding roads to cope with the increased amount of traffic.

All 12 members of the development control committee present voted in favour of approving the application.