Morton villagers speak out against homes plan

Residents and parish councillors are objecting to plans by developer Larkfleet Homes to build 34 homes in Morton.

Following an extraordinary meeting of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council on January 29 the council is objecting to the proposals.

During the public forum at the meeting villagers expressed various concerns about the scheme. These included the impact of additional traffic; the visual intrusion, out of context with, and spoiling the approach to, the village; the lack of available local school places; concern about provision of a safe A15 pedestrian crossing and a need to lower the speed limit through the village.

Fears about the added possibility of flooding from the development were also raised.

Following the public forum councillors considered the application by Larkfleet Homes and resolved to object strongly to the application and the clerk was asked to respond to the South Kesteven District Council planning officer setting out the concerns.

A spokesman for Larkfleet Homes said: “We are disappointed that the parish council has decided to object but we welcome its input to discussions about the plans.

“We met with the parish council last year and also held a full day public consultation exhibition at which many local people came to see what we were proposing and to give us their views.

“We took many of the points that people made into account in drawing up the final plans.”