Battle lines now drawn in battle over planned new Weston estate

Small Drove, Weston, where Larkfleet Homes wants to build its new development.
Small Drove, Weston, where Larkfleet Homes wants to build its new development.
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Campaigners in Weston have set out their stance against plans for a new 45-home development in the village.

The threefold attack on grounds of “safety, infrastructure and suitability” has been put down by a group in Weston opposed to Bourne-based Larkfleet Homes’ application for a new housing estate to be built on land off Small Drove.

An artist's impression of plans for 45 new, two-storey houses to be built on land off Small Drove, Weston, by Larkfleet Homes of Bourne.

An artist's impression of plans for 45 new, two-storey houses to be built on land off Small Drove, Weston, by Larkfleet Homes of Bourne.

Plans for the development were made public by Larkfleet at a public meeting in Weston during the summer and the housing firm has offered to set up a £15,000 community fund for village projects, in addition to any other financial package agreed with South Holland District Council.

But a statement from the opposition group said: “Small Drove is a single track road with passing places where, just this year, there have been two known incidents where vehicles have ended up in the dyke.

“This lane has no footpath and, even with the developer’s plans, existing residents are offered no safe way of walking from their properties to the park or school.

“Although new residents will be offered a right of way across the front of the proposed driveways, the (increased) volume of traffic will affect the whole village, whether residents live directly in Small Drove or elsewhere.”

Small Drove is a single track road where, just this year, there have been two known incidents where vehicles have ended up in the dyke.

The group went on to claim that the current drainage system “can’t cope” with any new homes built and that they would be unsuitable for single people and “young couples”.

A Larkfleet spokesman said: “We have modified our plans to include, amongst other things, a footpath to the south of Small Drove where there isn’t one currently, changed the position of access to the development and a stand-alone sewage system that connects directly to the existing pump station.”

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