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MP backs residents in fight against Halmer Grange plan

FIGHTING DEVELOPMENT: MP John Hayes (front, middle) with, from left, back  Robert Molson, Rosemary Cowling, Roy Cowling, Patrick Faulder, Roy Rye, Marjorie Jones; front  Joy Mann and Deborah Manton. SG01100114-121TW

FIGHTING DEVELOPMENT: MP John Hayes (front, middle) with, from left, back  Robert Molson, Rosemary Cowling, Roy Cowling, Patrick Faulder, Roy Rye, Marjorie Jones; front  Joy Mann and Deborah Manton. SG01100114-121TW

MP John Hayes is backing Spalding residents in their bid to derail plans to convert Halmer Grange into 17 flats and put six maisonettes in its grounds.

Eight residents from Grange Drive met the South Holland and The Deepings MP to oppose what they describe as “an inappropriate over-development” of the former county council run old people’s home.

Resident Joy Mann said people in Grange Drive accept Halmer Grange cannot remain unchanged, but the scale of development proposed by Market Homes is totally unacceptable.

She said: “This is an inappropriate over-development of a very restricted site – more than 80 people could inhabit this one site, potentially doubling the entire population of Grange Drive in one fell swoop.”

Mrs Mann says there will be problems if the planning application is granted by South Holland District Council, including a parking overflow along Grange Drive as the plans provide only 35 parking spaces on-site.

She says there is no turning provision at Halmer Grange for emergency vehicles and access is difficult.

“Many a time we have witnessed fire engines attempting to access the site, on practice runs, fortunately,” she said.

“This entailed much shunting to and fro and driving on the pavement to gain access. How can this be safe?”

Mrs Mann says there is no provision on site or beyond it for refuse collection and “the huge amount of refuse generated by, say 80 residents on this one site, will be hideous and collection of this will be hazardous.”

Mr Hayes said: “We cannot leave the former Halmer Grange empty. The residents are not asking that there should be no change but the change has to be appropriate and proportionate and, by those means, enjoy community support.”

The MP has already made his views known to the district council.

 

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