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South Kesteven District Council turns down Langtoft homes

A former Langtoft resident says she needs to build a field full of homes to fund the repair of historic barns.

However, members of South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee voted overwhelmingly to refuse the application from Pauline Lighton of Northborough, Peterborough.

They agreed with SKDC planning officers, who recommended her scheme for 37 homes on land behind 22 East End be refused.

The site of the proposed development
The site of the proposed development

Planning officer Phil Jordan told the meeting the scheme had received ‘significant objection’ including 102 objection letters against what he called ‘significant encroachment into the open countryside’.

Mrs Lighton told Wednesday’s meeting she grew up in Langtoft at her parent’s farm off East End.

“Since then, the listed barns have become increasingly dilapidated and require significant renovation works.”

This would require ‘a lot of financial input’ and gaining planning permission to build 37 homes in a nearby field would provide this.

Her scheme would also provide “much needed housing and affordable homes, public open spaces and the renovation of these important heritage assets”.

Council chairman Jacky Smith (Con- Grantham St Wulfram’s) said she was torn as more needs to be done to restore historic buildings.

She suggested SKDC helps owners of such properties find loans and grants, rather than relying on housing schemes to fund their restoration.

But committee chairman Bob Adams (Con- Isaac Newton) said it was up to applicants to seek such help from their councillors.

Earlier, Coun Phil Dilks (Ind-Deeping St James) noted a housing scheme on the site was refused 30 years ago on traffic grounds.

Since then, the A15 has become much busier, often with ‘bumper-to-bumper’ traffic from the Deepings to Bourne. Something ‘needs to be done’ about the A15, he added, and SKDC also needs to stop approving housing schemes along its route.

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