Retirement village plans are rejected by councillors

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Plans to build a 49-home 
estate for over-55s have been rejected by a district council planning committee.

Larkfleet Homes, based in Bourne, applied to build the houses on land off Chesham Drive, Baston.

The firm initially wanted to build 53 homes in a larger development but reduced the number and made the properties exclusive to over-55s after consultation with Baston residents.

The plans were considered by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday, when councillors refused to grant planning permission.

Planning officers had recommended refusal in a report to the committee.

According to the report, the site is greenfield land outside the built-up area of Baston.

It had not been allocated for development in the council’s site allocations document, which specifies where building should take place in the district.

The report said: “The development would be detrimental to the sustainable growth of the district.”

The officers also said the proposal did not include a suitable way to drain surface water.

Finally, the report to committee said Larkfleet had not come up with measures to mitigate the impact the new estate would have on Baston.

A Larkfleet spokesman said that the company was reviewing the decision.

The plans included a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses with landscaped squares and private courtyards.

Larkfleet also wanted to build a communal hall and offer allotments and open space.

Baston Parish Council opposed the plans for several reasons.

Councillors were concerned about the increase in traffic at the 
junction of Aveland Way onto Main Street and the A15 junction.

A total of 30 letters opposing the development were also sent in to the district council.