Deeping St James

The second phase of a 145-home development has been approved by South Kesteven District Council.

The authority’s planning committee gave the go ahead to the 69-house section of Linden Homes’ plans for the western area of land off Linchfield Road.

Improvements to the original plans included a reduction in the distance bins would have to travel, a feature square, new boundary treatments and parking layout improvements.

Concerns from residents included the impact on traffic, noise, privacy and light, as well as some original elements missing, including stone houses and bungalows.

Ward Councillor Judy Stevens said it was “very important to the people of Deeping St James” to get it right.

Councillor Kate Shinkins-Hoppe, from Deeping St James parish council, said that despite improvements, there were still concerns over drainage, impact on the character, footpaths and traffic.

“Our parish council appreciates the work completed so far, however, when compared against new legislation, the current draft development falls short,” she said.

How the new phase will be laid out.

Councillors also criticised the designs, with Councillor Virginia Moran calling them “little boxes which are ticky tacky”.

The developers said they had engaged positively with the council.

Agent Georgina McRae said: “The scene before you today will provide a good quality design and a development that will be appropriate and integrate well with surrounding context, the internal layout and being at space are considered to be appropriate.”

The development includes nearly £1 million contributions towards health, education and public transport.

Councillors included new conditions for a construction management plan with a new access point to the site, as well as for three additional houses to be in stone and for details of street furniture to be provided and approved at a later stage.

A man who grabbed a police officer round the throat in Deeping St James has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Matthew Warner, 22, of no fixed address, breached a court order as well as committing the assault on Monday, May 11.

The officer was left with markings and swellings around his neck after the incident.

He appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 19.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers said: “I would like to pay testament to the officer and his colleagues who came to his assistance.

“Their reaction to the escalating situation was swift and brave, and they dealt with the challenge with the utmost professionalism.”

Between March 23 and May 5 there were 47 assaults on police officers recorded in Lincolnshire.

The body of a woman, believed to be in her late 70s or 80s, has been discovered in the River Wellend in Deeping St James.

Lincolnshire Police have issued an appeal in an effort to identify her.

The discovery was made close to houses on Eastgate at 7.30am on Sunday, April 12 by a local resident.

The woman was recovered from the water a short time later. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “The woman is thought to be in her late 70s/80s. She is around 5ft 4, of medium build, with white/grey hair and she was wearing a woollen coat over an orange top, headscarf, blue socks and sandals.

“We are currently undertaking enquiries to identify the woman, establish the circumstances leading up to her death and to trace her family.

“We are appealing to the public for help and to ask that anyone who recognises the description of the woman to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Please call us on 101, incident 59 of April 12.”

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