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'Donington needs cash to expand its schools if more homes are built in village'

A bid to build 150 new homes in Donington has prompted a district councillor to call for money to be made available to expand schools.

Ashwood Homes is already building 73 homes at its Cowley Park site in Town Dam Lane.

Now the company is seeking consent to build more than twice the number nearby, with associated garaging, roads and sewers, in phase two of the scheme.

Ashwood Homes is already developing one site in Town Dam Lane. (11654985)
Ashwood Homes is already developing one site in Town Dam Lane. (11654985)

While the land is earmarked for housing in the local plan, district councillor Jane King believes money should be made available through a legal agreement - known as Section 106 - between the district council and the developer to boost local infrastructure.

Coun King said: "It would be nice if the schools weren't oversubscribed, it would be nice if we had a doctor's surgery in the village and a dentist."

Donington has a primary school and the Thomas Cowley High School but Coun King - a governor at both schools - says they are full.

"It would be nice if kids could go to school in the village that they live in but that's not a planning consideration," said Coun King. "I personally think it should be."

Donington is a growing village but residents don't have a GP service on their doorstep and must travel to Gosberton or Swineshead.

The nearest dental surgery is in Gosberton.

Coun King says she is not against development but cannot support development divorced from the need to have adequate local services.

She said: "I have no problem if someone wants somewhere to live but surely the infrastructure should be in place?"

Ashwood Homes are seeking to build more houses on the site of a former plant nursery on the southern edge of the village.

Documents supporting the application say the site is within walking distance of the primary school and other facilities, such as the skate park in Town Dam Lane and the village park, which connects to the High Street.

The nearest bus stop is in front of the primary school and buses run from there to Boston and Spalding.

The proposed mix of houses is 84 three-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom, 26 four-bedroom and two one-bedroom maisonettes.

According to the developers, it is proposed that 25 per cent of the homes will be affordable.

Information in a design and access statement with the plan says: "The appearance of the proposed house types are derived from influences taken from local, rural vernacular details.

"The building forms will create a strong theme throughout the development with the use of a limited materials palette to create a coherent street scene and sense of place."

Previously ...

Donington Parish Council in plea for freeze on building new homes


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