Bourne Town Council opposes Wherry Trust plan for homes and allotments near Beaufort Drive

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PLANS for 20 homes and 40 allotments in Bourne have been recommended for refusal by town councillors.

Bourne Town Council’s highways and planning committee made the decision on the two proposals for land off Beaufort Drive at a meeting at Bourne Town Hall on Tuesday.

Councillors discussed both planning applications by businessman James Wherry, but agreed to recommend South Kesteven District Council rejects both.

Before the applications were discussed, six members of the public spoke out against them.

Retired Brian Kendall, 73, of Willow Drive, Bourne, told the councillors the proposals were unsuitable for the area and that the land had historical importance.

He said: “I was informed by a member of the planning department in Lincoln that the Roman road, King Street, runs through the field.

“There are possibly Roman burial grounds and signs of the Bronze Age there and therefore there may be a need for some archeological intervention before anything could be built.”

Mr Kendall said the site of the proposed allotments was totally unsuitable because the ground was heavy clay which flooded when it rained heavily.

At the meeting, town clerk Nelly Jacobs read out a statement from Mr Wherry.

It said: “I feel the benefits to the people of Bourne of a substantial reduction to the allotment waiting list and my desire that individual plots are made available to support local builders could outweigh that fact that this application is outside the town plan.”

Committee chairman Coun Trevor Holmes said: “It is an archeologically as well as environmentally important site in the town and we do not feel it will have any benefit to the town and may prove to be detrimental.”

The committee objected to the housing because the site is archaeologically important and environmentally important as a “green lung” in the town.

The committee said it went against the Local Plan and there was no benefit to the town and could be detrimental.

Councillors said there was no need for further housing developments as there was already sufficient land available.

The committee objected to the allotments because the heavy clay land was unsuitable for allotments as it was prone to flooding.

Councillors also objected because of insufficient parking spaces, which could lead to congestion in the area and traffic problems in North Road.