DEEPING ST NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL: Mixed views on village homes plan
An outline for future housing development in Deeping St Nicholas over the next 20 years has received a mixed response from parish councillors.
The forthcoming South East Lincolnshire Local Plan (SELLP), identifying parts of the village where homes can be built between now and 2036, identified a need for up to 80 new houses in Deeping St Nicholas.
Up to 38 homes could be built on land off New Road which may lead to the expansion, by one classroom, of Deeping St Nicholas Primary School which the SELLP claimed had both capacity and land available.
A parish council statement said: "We don't disagree with the reserve site off New Road, although this would hardly seem necessary, with Caulton's Field, Home Farm and other small developments taking us well past the extra 80 houses to be built by 2036.
"However, we were disappointed to see that the reopening of Littleworth rail station was not even mentioned in the SELLP and not enough weight was put on sustainable transport in the village, such as a better bus service.
"We also noted that Deeping St Nicholas had an above average ownership of cars so we hope this trend is recognised by planners of future housing developments in the need for wider estate roads and more parking for each new house.
"The parish council has sent a letter to South Holland District Council explaining our concerns about drainage and our efforts in trying to promote a village centre around St Nicholas Park where new play equipment has been well-received.
"It is our belief that plans for new housing between Campains Lane and St Nicholas House do not fit in with this ambition."