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County council’s 71-home Morton plan up for approval

Objectors say there’s “no proven need” for the housing

A Lincolnshire County Council plan to build 71 new homes in Morton is up for approval next week.

The proposals for land east of Folkingham Road will go before South Kesteven District Council planning committee on Wednesday.

Although detailed plans for the five hectare site will be submitted at a later date, a report before the committee said it will be accessed from the A15 to the north with pedestrian links to High Street and Folkingham Road.

Recommending approval, officers said: “The application site is allocated for residential development in the local plan and the proposed scheme is considered to comply with the development principles that accompany the allocation.

“The illustrative layout plan and design and access statement submitted with the application show how the site could be potentially developed in accordance with the principles of good design, whilst maintaining and enhancing the edge of village character and designated conservation area,” they said.

The plans have seen opposition from Morton Parish Council, who said there was “no proven need” for the housing and raised concerns over drainage, highway safety and the impact on local services and infrastructure.

There have also been 13 letters of objection sent by residents and one in support.

NHS England has asked for £46,860 towards health services in the area, while the council itself has asked for £415,614 towards extending Morton Primary School and Bourne Secondary school.

The authority will also be asked to supply a minimum of 30% (around 21) of the development as affordable homes.