Care home flats bid thrown out

Coun Gary Porter.
Coun Gary Porter.

Developers bidding to convert Spalding’s Halmer Grange into 17 flats had their plans unanimously rejected.

Council officers recommended refusal because no affordable housing was offered by Market Homes.

Any resident walking down that road with two-way traffic would be dead

Coun Gary Porter

Councillors added more reasons for refusal because they were concerned about the poor residential amenity for potential occupants – and harm to existing nearby residents who would suffer increased disturbance from vehicles using the narrow access road and manoeuvring on site.

There were worries about emergency vehicle access and two-way traffic on the 5m wide road.

Council leader Gary Porter said: “Any resident walking down that road with two-way traffic would be dead.

“We need to look at the safety of the residents of the flats as well as the residents of the street.”

Earlier, Nigel Mann spoke on behalf of 33 residents who strongly objected to the proposed conversion of the Grange Drive care home.

He said: “Our major worry concerns the use of this driveway to serve 17 flats.”

The proposal involved 12 one-bed and five two-bed flats, with the properties served by a total of 23 parking spaces.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes was also opposed to the project and in his letter of objection to the council he described it as a “low grade, low quality plan with design standards which are unfit for one of Spalding’s most desirable residential areas”.

The MP said it would be better to demolish Halmer Grange and replace it with executive style homes.