Planners approve 120 homes of Market Deeping

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THE second stage of work on a housing estate has been given the go-ahead.

South Kesteven District Council approved plans by Persimmon Homes for 120 houses on land between Godsey Lane and Towngate East, Market Deeping on Tuesday last week.

The development, which already had outline permission, will adjoin a 95-home site which Persimmon is also developing.

The new estate will contain a mix of bungalows and two storey homes, including detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.

Market Deeping Town Council said it was concerned at the density of the site when plans were submitted in April last year.

Town and district councillor Paul Cosham (Con) hopes the new houses do not put too much pressure on the town.

He said: “I am disappointed because I am worried about over-development.

“I do understand there is a core strategy and this development falls within it but the most important thing is that the amenities and infrastructure go in at the same time as the houses.”

Coun Cosham points to his birthplace of Peacehaven, Sussex, as an example of what can go wrong.

He said: “Peacehaven was grossly overdeveloped and is still suffering 30 or 40 years later.

“There will be extra pressure on the Deepings Practice and the local schools so it needs to be done right.

“I would also like to see some of the houses built in keeping with the old style to keep the character of the town.”

The site borders Towngate East to the north, Persimmon’s first housing development on Godsey Lane to the west and open agricultural land to the east and south.

Plans also include a number of allotments in the south-eastern corner, to be controlled by the town council.

The site was included in the town’s core strategy by South Kesteven District Council. The core strategy provides housing land for the Deepings for the next 15 years.

Two applications for larger developments on the land, which included a business park and a school, were refused in 1990.

Managing director of Persimmon Homes East Midlands, Adrian Evans, said: “Naturally we are delighted to hear that our reserved matters planning application has been approved.

“We are committed to developing high quality homes in desirable locations and this latest phase of our Market Deeping development has been brought forward to address the ongoing demand for new homes in the area.”

Persimmon will give money towards local schools, road improvement and the fire service as a condition of approval.

The developer hopes to begin work next year.