Sedgebrook gypsy site plan rejected

Location of proposed gypsy site near Sedgebrook. 377C
Location of proposed gypsy site near Sedgebrook. 377C
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PLANNING permission for a gypsy site at Sedgebrook was refused by South Kesteven District Council on Tuesday.

The application was to change the use of a paddock, off Woolsthorpe Lane, to a site with ten mobile home pitches, an access road and facilities.

Officers recommended that the application be refused because of concerns over many issues including the location, surface water drainage and ecology.

Councillor Adam Stokes said: “It’s a field in the middle of nowhere and highway safety is a major concern, there’s not much more to add.”

Chairman of Sedgebrook Parish Council Ian Mckay said the council met in May to review the application and had major concerns over road safety.

He added: “Any potential residents are going to be isolated in the area in terms of schools and shops. It will isolate them, not integrate them into the community.

“But the real thing is about road safety and the infrastructure to support the development. These are the views of the parish council and the 30 residents that attended the meeting.”

Council policy states that the area should have a quota of 20 pitches, which has already been fulfilled by sites in Fulbeck and Grantham.

Fifteen councillors voted to refuse the plan with one abstention.