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Outline permission agreed for 60 homes

South Holland District Counil (3303645)
South Holland District Counil (3303645)

A proposal to build 60 homes on the back of an existing development in Sutton Bridge has concerned residents and councillors alike.

The parcel of land at the bottom of Nightingale Way runs between two farm tracks and the only current access is through the existing properties.

Sutton Bridge Parish Council has opposed the application, as there are other areas in the village better suited to development, that are included in the current Local Plan and are less susceptible to flooding.

Planning officers concluded that there were no adverse impacts that would outweigh the benefits of delivering up to 60 houses at the location bearing in mind the council's lack of a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

Nightingale Way resident Brandon King addressed councillors with several concerns, including any potentially raised floor levels being visually inappropriate; the availability of more suitable brownfield sites; the lack of a new road to access the potential development and that Sutton Bridge has already seen an increase in traffic from new homes.

He was supported by Coun Jack Tyrrell, who said: "I am a bit concerned about this site being that side of the road and being taken into an open field.

"I am concerned about the access to these 60 houses - there will be 300 movements of cars and on top of that, it will take two or three years unless they cut out restrictions on weekends, then for these people, it's going to take a lot longer."

Coun Harry Drury suggested a 12-month planning permission be included in the full application, to guard against 'land banking'.

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