Population to grow through Weston homes

SMALL DROVE: An artist's impression of plans for 45 new houses to be built on land in Weston by Larkfleet Homes.
SMALL DROVE: An artist's impression of plans for 45 new houses to be built on land in Weston by Larkfleet Homes.
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eston could be set for a population spurt with plans to build 45 “much-needed” homes on land near to the village primary school.

WBourne-based Larkfleet Homes, which owns well-known south Lincolnshire housing developers Allison Homes, has applied to build the homes at a site off Small Drove which is near the village shop and post office, Weston St Mary Primary School, The Chequers at Weston and St Mary’s Church.

However, some villagers fear it will bring up to 100 extra cars into a village with narrow roads, poor drainage and a lack of footpaths.

A Weston resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There are quite a lot of people who are objecting on the grounds of drainage and whether any excess of surface water can be contained by the existing system.

“Also, people think the roads are too limited to contain the extra traffic and they have no confidence in Lincolnshire Highways Department people commenting on the needs of Weston people.

“It’s one of these things where there are quite severe infrastructure problems and the residents here are quite concerned about it.”

Larkfleet Homes have previously been behind a 75-home development for people aged 55 and above in Bourne and a similar development of 49 homes in Baston.

A Larkfleet spokesman said: ““The proposed development at Weston will provide much-needed homes in this area where many local people struggle to find housing for themselves and their families.

“We have consulted widely and been pleased with the feedback we have received.”

* Plans by Larkfleet Homes for a new housing estate in Weston were revealed to the public at an exhibition in July when concerns such as extra traffic and poor drainage were raised.

A Larkfleet spokesman said: “As a result of this feedback, we have modified our plans to include, amongst other things, a footpath to the south of Small Drove within our development where there is not one currently.

“This will make it safer for pedestrians using Small Drove who currently have to walk on the carriageway.

“We have also changed the position of access to the development, undertake further widening of Small Drove itself and work with Lincolnshire Highways to identify and implement any further changes needed.”