Green light for 187 new homes in Waddington

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Developers received the green light to build 187 new homes in Waddington.

Councillors on North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee approved the application in the village south of Lincoln at a meeting in Sleaford on Tuesday, February 20.

The homes will sit east of the A607 Grantham Road in the north of the village.

Councillors voted by a margin of 10 to six to support the development, with two abstentions.

Developers Taylor Wimpey will build 45 affordable homes, contribute over £400,000 in payments towards health and education facilities, and commit to fund sustainable modes of transport, including bus services.

Councillors delayed making a decision on the application in January to consider further plans for a reduction in the speed limit to 30mph and access to the development which would be from Grantham Road.

Waddington Parish Council objected to the development, raising concerns about overdevelopment of the village, the size of some of the three-storey buildings, and an excessive amount of cars pulling out onto Grantham Road.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Lindsey Cawrey, representing Bracebridge Heath and Waddington East, raised transport concerns, asking how much traffic would be funnelled through the village as a result of the development.

She said: “Until a southern bypass to Pennells is completed, Waddington will be the southern bypass once the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is open.

“I still think this development for Waddington will have a serious and detrimental impact to the safety of residents in the village.”

Committee chair Councillor Pat Woodman added: “I don’t want to see Waddington and the A607 gridlocked like North Hykeham.

“All we’re doing is trying to make life easier for our residents.”

However, Councillor Terry Boston for Ruskington said that it would be reckless to ignore the view of experts who recommended approval of the scheme.

He said: “I know that this development is going to be unpopular, but in my view we have little option but to follow the view of the experts.”