Road safety concerns for Market Deeping homes application

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Residents have voiced concerns over road safety if plans for 240 homes in Market Deeping go ahead.

People packed a Market Deeping Town Council meeting on Wednesday last week to voice their concerns over the plans for 240 homes, on land between Northfields and Towngate East.

Larkfleet Homes already has outline planning permission for the site and before the meeting, residents received a letter from South Kesteven District Council, detailing the full planning application which was submitted by Larkfleet Homes.

Residents’ main concerns are that the new estate would be accessed via a “narrow and very busy country lane” in Towngate East and is near an “already frantically busy mini-roundabout junction” at the top of Godsey Lane, leading into Towngate East.

Residents are also concerned about the proximity of a planned crossing to the roundabout.

They also claim that traffic has increased in the area since the developers carried out the traffic assessment.

Residents believe access should be via Northfields, rather than Towngate East which should have access for pedestrians and cyclists only. They also suggest moving the access road on Towngate East further away from the mini roundabout.

Members of Market Deeping Town Council were also concerned about the travel plans.

Deputy mayor Pauline Redshaw said: “Our main concern was about the travel plan.

“There is planning permission for the commercial site and there are plans to extend the healthcare centre so traffic is only going to increase in that area.”

She said the land was, however, earmarked for development.

Plans for a 10,000sqm commercial development on the same site, which were also submitted by Larkfleet, were approved by the district council in August.

Residents were also concerned about the short consultation time and said there had been a lack of consultation but in its application, Larkfleet says it conducted a public consultation between May and July 2013, including public meetings and meetings with key stakeholders.

It is not yet known when the application will go before the district council, which will make the final decision.