New homes for Spalding are of a ‘poor standard’

South Holland District Council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding.
South Holland District Council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding.
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A scheme to build 14 new homes in an area of Spalding has been slammed as “second class”.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee voted unanimously against plans by Long Sutton developers Seagate Homes for a group of two and three-bedroom properties in Little London.

The refusal came despite a recommendation by planning officers that planning permission should be granted in a report which confirmed that the principle of building homes on the site was approved in May 2013.

But committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “I don’t like this application, I don’t like the look of it and, all in all, I see this as being an over-development, a poor standard of layout and the design as inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Coun David Wilkinson, who moved the vote against the plans, added: “This will be a second-class development and there’s no way I can support this (application).

A Seagate Homes spokesman said: “We are very disappointed with the decision of the committee members following meetings with two of the council’s planning officers throughout the Planning Application Process.

“If our scheme was an overdevelopment, of poor standard in layout with unacceptable designs and inadequate car parking provision, why did we have a recommendation for approval?

“Any key Issues or concerns were highlighted, answered and agreed with the planning officers throughout the process.”

It is not known yet whether Seagate Homes will launch a planning appeal against the district council’s decision.