Seagate Homes told to pay £561,960 towards costs of Spalding Western Relief Road after getting permission for Monks House Lane development
The developers building 70 homes on a former nursery site will pay nearly £500,000 towards the costs of creating the Spalding Western Relief Road.
Seagate Homes was given the go-ahead to build on the Ivanda Nursery site in Monks House Lane, Spalding, by South Holland District Council’s planning committee last week.
Concerns had been raised during the meeting about the impact of another 70 homes on nearby roads and schools but the application had been given the green light.
As part of the planning conditions, Seagate Homes will be required to pay a total of £1,028,493 to fund health and education services – along with £561,960 to the western relief road.
Last year, Lincolnshire County Council was forced to pull £27million earmarked for the construction costs and used it to fund other projects which were struggling due to rising costs. The middle section of the road remains unfunded.
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Chairman of the planning committee Coun James Avery said he was supportive of the application but expressed frustration with funding for the relief road.
He said: “Anyone that has listened to me for the last four or five years will know that I am not a big fan of a cul-de-sac. What we have at the end of Spalding is a cul-de-sac with no sections for the middle or the end.
“Do we need housing? Do we need a joined up western relief road? We have to otherwise we have lost the plot.”
Lee Russell, who spoke on behalf of the developer, spoke at the meeting to highlight that they had reduced the density of the site, which had orginally applied for 76 houses, along with adding more trees.
Coun Ingrid Sheard, ward member, raised local concerns about the impact of the new development on the area along with calling for action on reducing speeding.
She said: “A lot of people are very concerned about the pressure put on the school, on the roads and the infrastructure and other things around the area.”
Coun Gary Taylor said highlighted issues with traffic congestion and problem parking but questioned if the road was wide enough for emergency vehicles.
He said: “We have an issue with the (Woolram Wygate) level crossing and the fire station is on the western side of the town. It doesn’t help if vehicles are parked on the road. Hopefully this can be taken on board as a serious concern.”
He was assured that the width of the road was appropriate.
Environmental services portfolio holder Jack Tyrrell called for new litter bins to be added to site. He had told a recent full council meeting that the authority did not have money for new bins.
Speaking at Wednesday’s planning meeting the Long Sutton councillor, who moved the officer’s recommendation to approve the plan, said: “On an area this size it would be nice to have two put in as part of their planning, I would like to see this.
“I don’t see why the district council should pay for litter bins to be put in.”
Coun Bryan Alcock had referred to one of the housing designs as ‘hideous’.
The application was approved.