December 16, 2020 12.49 pm This story is over 41 months old

400 homes near Grantham set to be approved

A big extension to Grantham

More than 400 homes on a farm near Grantham are to be approved by South Kesteven District Council next week.

The authority’s planning committee will examine two separate applications for land at Rectory Farm, with one for 220 homes by Rob Thorley of Jelson Ltd, and another for 228 by Georgina McCrae at Linden Homes.

The builds are part of the Grantham North West Quadrant sustainable urban extension which also includes the nearby partially-completed 1,800-home Poplar Farm development where community facilities including a school, community centre, sports ground and neighbourhood centre have been or are due to be completed.

The land has been allocated for residential development in the council’s local plan since 2010 but previous plans caused concern for officers and consultees. However, officers say these have now been resolved.

Officer reports say that both sites have “been designed to a high standard” and would not have unacceptable amenity, highway, flood risk or other impacts.

How the 220-home plan would be laid out.

Both sites will be accessed from Barrowby Road.

Objectors to the plans say there is no need for more housing and lament the loss of agricultural land.

How the 228-home plan would be laid out.

Concerns included a lack of infrastructure in the nearby area, that the development would increase congestion and impact on highway safety, and that it was out of character.

The developers will be asked to contribute a combined total of nearly £5.4million towards infrastructure including roads, education, health and open space.

On top of this, each development will be asked to make 10% of their buildings affordable.

The masterplan for the area.