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76 homes in 'cramped' Deepings development recommended for approval

A 76-home development in Deeping St James is recommended for approval despite concerns it could be “cramped”.

Linden Homes’ plans are part of a 145-home development on the land approved at outline stage last year – they relate to the eastern side of the scheme which will be accessed from Linchfield Road and Burchnall Close.

In a report before councillors next Wednesday says the plans have been called-in by Coun Judy Stevens (Con-Deeping St James) “on the grounds of cramped development, insufficient width to footpath/cycleways and poor design”.

What the homes may look like. (16134757)
What the homes may look like. (16134757)

It says the proposal has been amended since it was originally submitted due to concerns raised by statutory consultees including Market Deeping and Deeping St James Parish Councils, SKDC’s urban designer and the Deepings Neighbourhood Plan Group.

The latter said the plan “does not comply with the outline masterplan, does not accord with Deepings Green Walk principles and provides a cramped development particularly in terms of parking.”

The amended plans include a reduction in the number of dwellings by one, widening of the cycleways, changes to the house types, materials, landscaping and “other minor but significant design changes”.

Recommending approval, the officers state: “The proposal has been considerably improved to an acceptable standard.

The planned layout of the homes.(16134647)
The planned layout of the homes.(16134647)

“Overall the density, layout and general design of the proposals accords with the principles of the approved design and access statement and framework masterplan and scores well.

“The proposal would be well-integrated with the existing built up area whilst creating a well-connected and landscaped place with its own identity.”

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