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Developers behind 200 home plan in Grantham asked for £1.4m

More than £770,000 will be for education

Developers of a 205 home plan in Grantham will  be asked to contribute nearly £1.4 million towards improvements to local facilities if given approval next week.

David, Jack and William Balderson are asking South Kesteven District Council for outline permission to build the new homes on land near to Bridge End Road.

Officers at the authority will recommend next Wednesday that the plans, which will be accessed from Somerby Hill, are approved.

A previous application for 250 homes was refused in February 2016 and an appeal was also rejected in August 2017 on noise impact – however, the developers say they have improved the design to tackle the issue.

They include a 30m distance between the nearby factory and houses, an acoustic fence, acoustic glazing and noise insulation works to the factory itself.

An indicative plan for how the site could be laid out.

In their report, they say: “There would be a minor degree of less than substantial harm to the settings of St Wulfram’s Church and St Vincent’s House which would be outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme.

“The appeal decision concluded that the low-level of harm did not amount to a conflict with [policies].

“Even if the view is taken that the harm did lead to a conflict, the public benefits are such that they would outweigh any minor conflict with the development plan.”

If approved the developers will be asked to contribute:

  • £774,669 towards improvements to secondary and 6th form education in Grantham,
  • £135,300 towards a new GP facility at Spitalgate Heath,
  • £20,000 a year towards bus services for three years,
  • £410,000 towards improvements to Gainsborough Corner junction
  • £3,240 for three new fire hydrants
  • Around 9840 m2 of open space and 1,476 m2 of children’s play area,
  • 35% affordable housing,
  • Noise mitigation measures at the adjacent Andapak factory

Officers say: “These contributions and obligations will ensure that local infrastructure is suitably upgraded to cope with the additional population and that off-site noise mitigation is implemented.”

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