Scheme for 49 homes in Barrowby approved
Almost 50 homes in Barrowby village near Grantham have been approved by councillors.
South Kesteven District Council backed the scheme at the southern end of the village on land east of Low Road.
Applicant Lincolnshire County Council seeks to build 49 houses at the site between Wong Gardens and Thorold Road, with access from Low Road.
Development management committee backed officer recommendations to approve the scheme, subject to conditions on access and design standards.
The county council, as developer, will also have to sign a Section 106 Agreement and make contributions towards funding classrooms at Walton Girls High and towards play facilities in the village. Some 35 per cent of homes will be ‘affordable.’
Earlier, members called for a pedestrian refuge at Westby Corner, saying the extra traffic the housing scheme will generate would worsen a dangerous junction.
But SKDC planning officers reported just two incidents at the site in recent years with a fatality some years ago arising from a pedestrian walking right out onto the road.
Councillors also noted a Section 106 contribution of £171,000 towards two classrooms at Walton Girls High was too much, saying the school was remote from the village.
They wanted some money going towards facilities in the village such as a village hall.
However, planning officers said Lincolnshire County council used a well-used formula when seeking developer contributions towards education facilities.
Coun Tim Lees of Barrowby Parish Council said his council accepted there would be some development in the village and the proposed site was one of three adjoining parcels of land.
“We want this to be seen as a masterplan rather than a piecemeal site. If this is approved, what’s stopping the other two sites coming forward?”
However Coun Mike King noted the plans show connections to the other two sites.
He continued: “The houses are badly needed to contribute towards the 10,000 houses we need in addition to the others that have planning permission in the district.”
Coun King also doubted the need for Walton Girls High to receive so much funding, doubting 49 homes would house 51 girls the county believes. He said Barrowby would need better village hall facilities when the two other sites were also built on.