Is care home plan scuppered?

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A bid to convert a former Spalding care home, Halmer Grange, into 17 flats looks destined to be thrown out by councillors tonight (Wednesday).

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and council leader Gary Porter both opposed the application from Market Homes Ltd.

Mr Hayes described it as a “low grade, low quality plan” – saying executive homes should be built there – and Coun Porter criticised “over development of the site”, saying replacing one unit with 17 was completely unacceptable.

But council planning officers recommended refusal because the applicants made no provision for affordable housing.

The council has a set level of 33 per cent affordable homes in developments of that type.

But the final verdict rests with the planning committee.