Councillors will be asked to refuse plans for 30 houses near Boston next week as officers declare they would cause ‘significant and demonstrable’ harm to the area.
Applicant Mr W. B. Lake wants to build the new homes on land to the rear of Ralphs Lane, in Wyberton.
Though the application is for outline permission, a report before Boston Borough Council on Tuesday says they will “likely be predominantly detached although a small number of semi-detached properties have been included on the indicative layout”.
Designs for the plans, submitted by Guy Forman Architects says the development will include 15% affordable homes.
It says there had been positive verbal feedback from the authority’s planning department previously.
It also says the location is in a “sustainable development” and has “the character of an infill site”.
“The site occupies a sustainable location sandwiched between existing residential development,” says the supporting document.
“On balance, it is considered that there are no adverse effects arising from this development that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, and the requirements of all other relevant policies within the Local Plan are met.”
If approved, Lincolnshire County Council has asked for £171,042 towards education in the area – consisting of £67,658 for Wyberton Primary towards two new classrooms, £84,957 for Haven High Academy for four new classrooms and £18,427 for a new sports hall.
However, recommending refusal, officers write: “The proposed development, by virtue of the location outside of the defined village boundary together with the addition of 30 dwellings when compared to the existing character of the area would result in an urbanising effect which would have significant and demonstrable harm to its rural setting.
“The proposal, due to its location is also considered to fail to meet the aims of sustainable development … by introducing built form outside of development limits.”
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