Push for extra homes at Castle Bytham quarry site
A push has been made to increase the number of homes planned for a former quarry at Castle Bytham.
Pharmaceutical millionaire Dr Dallas Burston has submitted an outline planning application to build up to 136 homes at the Old Quarry in Station Road.
Mr Burston already has approval for 87 homes on the 6.81 ha site, so the revised scheme would feature a further 49 homes.
His earlier planning approval granted in 2017 is due to expire by March 30.
The fresh application to South Kesteven District Council says higher density housing is “a more effective use” of the site, which supports national planning policies.
A district council ‘brownfield’ register had identified the site as able to take 124 homes.
Some 35 per cent of the homes would be ‘affordable’.
The scheme, it continued, “will assist in sustaining the local service centre by delivering growth on a brownfield site”.
It also said: “It is understood the Castle Bytham community is supportive of development of the former quarry as it will add vitality to the village, and added patronage to the village shop.”
Alan Harvey, vice-chairman of Castle Bytham Parish Council, said members will discuss the new application at their next meeting on Thursday January 16, when he felt he would be more able to comment.
Coun Harvey said the approved scheme had already been revised slightly, increasing housing numbers slightly.
The existing scheme would increase the size of the village by a quarter and the new scheme by 40 per cent.