Spalding Lifestyle to make way for 72 homes?
Spalding Lifestyle could be bulldozed to make way for 72 new homes - both houses and flats.
The extensive site next to Johnson Community Hospital on Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, is earmarked for residential development in the local plan.
An application to South Holland District Council seeks consent for 15 two-storey and three-storey flats and 57 semi-detached and terraced two-storey houses. Provision is made for public open space.
Kaplan Property Group aims to carry out the development.
Lance Wiggins, on behalf of Landmark Planning, says in a design and access statement: “The proposed dwellings would be mixed in tenure including rented flats and houses that would be available through a registered provider, intermediate dwellings comprising shared ownership and rent to buy and houses for market sale.
“The existing garden centre and other buildings would be demolished to allow the development to go ahead.
“The site is located to the south of the village, close to the entrance to Spalding.
“The surroundings of the site are mixed in use with industrial development to the north and east and Spalding community hospital to the south.
“There is existing housing, some of which has been recently constructed, to the west of the site and accordingly, the scheme has been designed to ensure that the character/appearance of the area and the amenity of these properties is preserved.”
In recent years, Spalding Lifestyle has had a mix of uses and users.
It opens seven days a week for food, including Sunday roasts, and is home to Uptown Vinyl Records, second-hand bike sales, antiques, upcycled furniture and gifts.
The current proprietors have not commented on the planning application.
Plans submitted to the council say the application includes a new access from the existing roundabout junction off Spalding Road.
In the design and access statement, Mr Wiggins says: “Given that the existing lawful use could generate an appreciable number of vehicle movements, no significant increase in vehicle movements would arise as a result of the proposals and the development.
“However, in any event, the proposed access would meet the latest Lincolnshire County Council highway standards to ensure that highway safety would not be undermined.
“The proposal is therefore more than capable of creating sufficient parking and acceptable pedestrian and vehicular access.”
On behalf of the developers, Mr Wiggins says the plan will meet local needs.
He said: “The proposed development would give rise to much needed smaller mixed tenure dwellings which would assist with meeting housing need locally.”