No new housing sites for Bourne until 2026

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A MAJOR development will supply all the new homes for a town until 2026, according to a council report.

South Kesteven District Council officers have decided that the Elsea Park development, lead by Kier Homes, will fulfil Bourne’s needs for new housing.

A report which is the result of seven years of site consideration, will go before the district council Cabinet on Monday.

It is part of the district’s local development framework, which says where building should take place in the coming years.

The framework’s core strategy says that 2,310 new homes should be built in Bourne between 2006 and 2026.

On March 31 this year 850 homes had been built since 2006, with 1,496 more having planning permission.

The majority are the homes yet to be built in Elsea Park, which will eventually total 2,000.

The report says: “The core strategy recognises that the housing requirements in Bourne will be met by existing planning permissions – including the houses still to be built in Elsea Park.

“Thus the core strategy explicitly states that no additional housing land is required in the town and therefore no sites will be allocated for housing.”

Sixteen sites, mainly on the western and northern edges of the town, had been suggested for housing development but officers said they were not needed.

The core strategy also requires 125 acres of employment land to be provided in the 20 year period, and the report has recommended four out of 16 suggested sites.

They are to the north of Manning Road and west of Meadow Drove, to the south of Tunnel Bank, to the South of Spalding Road at Bourne North Farm and to the south of West Road, north of Elsea Park.

Land north of Carr Dyke has also been recommended as an expansion site for Bakkavor or any other future occupant.

This means that a leisure park near to Bourne Wood, proposed by Bourne town councillor Helen Powell last year, has not been included in the recommendations.