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South Kesteven District Council planning committee give go-ahead for 69 new homes in Deeping St James

Councillors have given their approval to 69 new homes.

The Vistry Group, formerly Linden Homes, was previously granted outline planning permission for up to 145 homes to be built in Deeping St James.

The properties, which would consist of two to four bedroom homes, would be accessed by a central spine road from Linchfield Road and a secondary link road to Burchnall Close.

A drawing of the proposed homes in Deeping St James. Photo: NKW Design
A drawing of the proposed homes in Deeping St James. Photo: NKW Design

Phase one of the development, which consists of 76 properties on the eastern half of the land, has already been approved and work is underway building the homes.

At a meeting of South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday (March 3), councillors discussed details relating to landscaping, layout, appearance and the scale of phase two of the development.

Coun Judy Stevens (Con - Deeping St James) told the planning committee that it’s “important to get it as right as [they] can” as Deeping St James has not had many developments in recent years.

Coun Stevens said she would like to see more stone houses within the development, rather than the three initially proposed, and street furniture in the open space.

“I think that sort of furniture is really important. If this lockdown has taught us anything, keeping people isolated in their homes is not a good idea,” she added.

Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind - Market and West Deeping) said: “When you look at this application you think would I want to buy a house or would be hoping your children and grandchildren would? At the moment, not really.

“There’s a difference between adequate and beautiful.”

Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind - Market and West Deeping) added if it was looked at in more detail “the space could be so much better but it seems the number of houses is the main priority”.

Questions were also raised regarding parking, with the planning application stating each house would have two off-road spaces.

After seeing debris left on the roads as a result of the phase one development, Coun Dilks (Ind - Deeping St James) proposed that a construction management plan should be put in place ahead of building to mitigate traffic and drainage issues.

Georgina McCrae, from Vistry, agreed to a number of conditions to be added, including that no development will take place in phase two until a construction management plan has been approved, two more plots will be built from natural local limestone and details are submitted for street furniture.

Coun Dilks, who proposed the plan for approval, said: “This is a good outcome, it’s what the committee should be about.”

The amended plan received a unanimous go-ahead from committee members

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