Major Bourne housing scheme recommended for approval

  Posted: 04.05.21 at 10:24 by The Editor

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Plans for 121 homes in Bourne are recommended for approval.

The planning committee of South Kesteven District Council is set to determine the application when it meets next Wednesday.

The application concerns land at Manning Road, Bourne, on behalf of Larkfleet Homes and The
Bettinson Trustees of Bourne.

The application is due before the committee as its size determines it a major development.

A report prepared by SKDC planning staff says the application site is a field north of Manning Road and west of commercial uses. Further west of the site is housing and there is also a new housing development on the opposite side of Manning Road.

The report says the site is allocated for housing in the Local Plan and was previously allocated as employment land under the old development plan.

The report continued: "The allocation policy provides an approximate density of 30 dwellings per hectare.

"The application seeks full planning permission for 121 dwellings and associated infrastructure. The housing mix comprises 85 market dwellings and 36 affordable
dwellings, with a range of different sized properties from 1 – 4 bedrooms. The majority of dwellings would be 2-storey, with some (21) having additional accommodation in the roof space.

"The layout shows properties served off a single access road off Manning Road and includes detached, semi-detached and short terraces."

Most open space would be on the west of the site, with a small children's play area and drainage feature.

The report said the layout has been through several iterations during the life of the application from that originally submitted, following advice through the Council’s Design PAD meeting and consultee responses and "this has resulted in improvements to the design and an increase from 107 to 121 dwellings."

Public consultation of the scheme, it continued, delivered 22 letters of objection and 2 in support.

Opponents cited reasons including increased flood risk; impact on infrastructure – doctors, schools etc; increased traffic, the land should be used for employment, a cramped layout and existing parking problems.

Supporters said there was a need for more housing, which would be good for growth and there was a need for affordable housing close to services and facilities.

However, the report also noted that initially Bourne Town Council objected to the scheme, saying the land was designated for employment, the scheme was out of keeping with the area and it had concerns with access onto Manning Road.

It also noted: "The principle of developing the site for a residential use has therefore been established through its allocation in the Local Plan."

"The proposed development would necessitate financial contributions via a section 106 agreement. The applicant has expressed a willingness to enter into a section 106agreement for the full requirements including:
- Education (subjection to updated consultation response) – Primary - £202,975, Secondary - £288,855 and 6th Form - £55,282 (total £547,112) requested. These would be spent on extending school capacity in Bourne.

- NHS - £79,860 (£660 x 121 dwellings) towards GP capacity in Bourne.
- Open Space - A minimum of 7,200 sqm of open space and 200 sqm of children's play space to be provided on site together with arrangements for future maintenance, as well as off-site contribution of £62,000.

- Affordable Housing - 30% (36 dwellings) to be provided on site

The report said: "These contributions will ensure that local infrastructure is suitably upgraded to cope with the additional population. It is considered that these requirements would be compliant with the statutory tests of the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) regulations as well as local and national policy requirements."

Recommending approval, SKDC planning staff said the scheme should be approved as it was in accordance with the development plan and subject to a Section 106 agreement, there were no other material considerations that indicate otherwise.

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