Specifications aimed at ensuring the quality and sustainability of a major residential development have been approved.
On Thursday last week (November 25), South Kesteven District Council members voted unanimously to adopt a planning brief that will ensure the proposed housing development at Rectory Farm in Grantham is delivered to a high standard.
Councilor Nick Robins, Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy, explained to the full council how the preferred option is to adopt the document as it would have “much more leverage” in planning decisions than a guidance note and that non-adoption would risk increasing, uncoordinated development without a comprehensive masterplan.
The additional planning document will ensure the sustainability of the development, which should include sustainable transport measures, the creation of more walking trails and the improvement of the cycling network.
Councilor Robert Reid (Con) said: “What really matters, more than anything else, is the amount of work that has been done on the connectivity of sidewalks and bike or walking trails for the community of Grantham. “
The Rectory Farm development is part of the sustainable urban extension of the Northwest Quadrant of Grantham, which also includes the nearby partially completed 1,800 house Poplar Farm development.
Coun Mark Whittington (Con): “It’s a good example here of when officers, advisers and members of the public work together so that we can have a really positive outcome. It will be a benefit to Grantham.”
During the three years of the dossier’s creation, with the help of Lincolnshire County Council and expert consultants, the public has been consulted on the development.
SKDC’s local plan allocates the parsonage farm site and adjacent land to 1,150 indicative dwellings, with the development including open spaces, transport links and biodiversity enhancements.
Councilor Charmaine Morgan (Lab) has expressed concern over the idea of considering a major development when services, such as the hospital, “are not provided”.
However, the plans won unanimous council approval.