Protesters against plan for 550 homes hand out leaflets to motorists in Grantham

Coun Ray Wootten hands a leaflet to a motorist protesting against the proposal to build 550 homes in Manthorpe.
Coun Ray Wootten hands a leaflet to a motorist protesting against the proposal to build 550 homes in Manthorpe.
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Motorists were handed leaflets with a message protesting against the proposed building of 550 homes off Manthorpe Road on the edge of Grantham.

Coun Ray Wootten, a local district and county councillor, and other protesters passed the leaflets to motorists on Manthorpe Road between 8am and 9am yesterday morning.

A protest banner used by those who are against the proposal to build 550 homes in Manthorpe.

A protest banner used by those who are against the proposal to build 550 homes in Manthorpe.

The message on the leaflet says: “Are you fed up with being stuck in traffic each working day? Then say NO to 550 new homes and extra traffic.”

The leaflet asks people to object to the plan by Allison Homes for the development next to the existing Manthorpe Road estate off Manthorpe Road and Belton Lane. It adds: “Say NO to more congestion. Say NO to more pollution. Say NO NOW before it’s too late.”

Coun Wootten said the response from motorists had been poisitive. One motorist who was in a queue of traffic heading into the town said: “It’s like this every single morning and we haven’t got an extra 1,000 cars yet!”

Coun Wootten has 5,000 of the leaflets which he is also delivering to homes in the area. He recently said: “The addition of 550 new homes on the Manthorpe Estate will clearly add to the horrendous traffic delays that residents experience each day along with extra pollution and impact on local heritage and the nearby conservation area.”

Allison Homes plans to build the houses together with a primary school, shops units and a convenience store.

The company said recently: “The new development will include a range of different house types, a proportion of which will be classed as ‘affordable homes’ which are aimed at providing homes for those on lower incomes. If approved the development will make a significant contribution towards the supply of housing over the next five years and beyond in Grantham.”

Coun Wootten said more than 500 people had objected to the council against the plan.

Details of the plan can be seen on the South Kesteven District Council website (reference number S15/3189) where people can also comment on the application.