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Flood fears over plans for 123 homes in Sutton Bridge

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Plans for 123 homes could be rejected by councillors - after concerns were raised over the potential flood risk for the site.

Loyd Homes wants to build the houses - including 34 affordable units - on land off Nightingale Way, Granville Terrace, Withington Street and Chestnut Terrace in Sutton Bridge.

The matter is due to be decided by South Holland District Council’s planning committee tomorrow night - and members are being advised to reject the plan.

A view of the entrance, from Main Street Sutton Bridge (from the planning documents). (56658123)
A view of the entrance, from Main Street Sutton Bridge (from the planning documents). (56658123)

A report drawn up by planning officers highlights that permission had been granted on some of the land in question - covering 76 of the 123 homes proposed - which is described as a ‘fallow field’ 6.96 hectares in size.

However, it notes that the land is in a combination of ‘hazard zones’ including ‘danger for all’ and ‘danger for most’.

The officers say that the housing need for Sutton Bridge can be met by other sites that are less of flood risk.

The report states: “It is acknowledged that the site would deliver some economic and social benefits, however it is considered that the adverse environmental impacts/issues identified would outweigh these benefits.”

A similar application was turned down at the start of 2021 over flooding fears and the suggestion of harm to an area classified as countryside.

Anglian Water says the surface water strategy submitted with the plans is ‘unacceptable’ and would need to be addressed further.

The parish council has flagged concerns over the pressure on Nightingale Way and Withington Street - as well as the impact on schools and doctors. These were echoed in 23 objections from the public - with residents labelling it an ‘overdevelopment’.

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