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Half of all houses planned for district will be built in Grantham




The people of South Kesteven will soon be able to have their say on a plan which will outline the future of housing in the district where more than 17,000 homes will be built within 25 years.

About half of these homes will be built in Grantham with the majority planned for Spitalgate Heath between Somerby Hill and Spittlegate Level and next to the southern relief road.

The public consultation on the Local Plan will last six weeks and is due to begin in June. The Cabinet of South Kesteven District Council approved the Local Plan to go before the meeting of the full council on May 24. If it is approved by members then it will go on to the consultation stage.

The plan is a revised document in that in the past 12 months a number of changes have been made where developments have been approved or new areas designated for housing.

One of these areas in Grantham is the site of the Prince William of Gloucester barracks on Somerby Hill opposite the site of the Spitalgate Heath development of 3,500 homes. The barracks site will be sold by the government in the next few years as a site for housing. It is thought that the site will take 500 houses during the lifetime of this Local Plan which spans a period up to 2036. The barracks could accommodate many more homes.

Recently, plans for 450 homes on land next to the Manthorpe estate on the northern edge of Grantham were given the go ahead by a government inspector. Applicant Allison Homes, part of the Larkfleet Group, had initially wanted to built more than 1,000 homes on the plot bordered byManthorpe Road and Belton Lane.

Coun Mike King, cabinet member for economy and development, says the Local Plan needs to show there is enough land allocated in the district to build 675 homes a year, a figure which would help SKDC fulfil the quota required by government.

While the land is allocated, the speed at which housing is built in South Kesteven can be frustrating and potentially costly, asthe government can penalise councils that do not get houses built fast enough.

Coun King said: “We are doing everything we are required to do, but still it can be quite frustrating. The government is putting us under pressure, but we do not have any powers to make people build and the government is threatening us with these penalties if we do not achieve housing on the ground. Our response to that was it’s unfair, you expect us to implement this plan when we do not have the tools to do it.”

SKDC hopes the plan will go through public consultation and then be approved by a government inspector. Some changes may be asked for at this stage but the council hopes the plan can be adopted this year.

Revisions in the plan include more houses for some of the villages in the area. An allocation of housing at Low Road, Barrowby, now plans for 230 homes compared to 89 in the consultative plan. A few more houses have been included in the Local Plan for villages including Corby Glen and Great Gonerby. While no more houses have been designated for Stamford on top of the 3,304 already included in the Local Plan, a further 650 homes are allocated to the north of Stamford at Quarry Farm across the border in Rutland.



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