Affordable homes are ‘shoved’ by railway line at Grantham’s Poplar Farm

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Planning approval was given to the building of 70 further homes on Grantham’s Poplar Farm estate today (Tuesday), despite concerns raised by some committee members.

Three councillors spoke of their “disappointment” as their colleagues approved the location of 70 affordable houses by the railway line, adjacent to Grantham Hospice, off Barrowby Road.

The trio – councillors Charmaine Morgan, Judy Stevens and Helen Powell – raised concerns about “shoving” affordable homes in the corner while the properties which will be marketed enjoy a much quieter location further from the railway line.

Coun Morgan voiced fears that the 70 families living in that area would be kept awake at night be the regular rumblings of freight trains passing through the town, affecting their quality of life.

The application, which is part of the wider plan to develop 1,800 homes at Poplar Farm, was approved with nine votes for and four against.

* See Friday’s Journal for more on this story.