Planning Application for 20 dwellings on Land off Lea Grove

BGPC are opposed to the planning application relating to 20 dwellings on land off Lea Grove. BGPC will be undertaking a range of actions within the next few weeks to address this application. BGPC will update this page informing of progress.

Bardney Group Parish Council response to the planning application no 137950 Land adj. to Lea Grove.

BGPC would like to object to the above planning application for the following reasons;

• The planned development does not comply with the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan, as purely provides housing stock and makes no provision for employment, retail, key services or facilities for the village.

• The road measurement stated in the Design and Access Statement is incorrect, as the true measurement is 4.8m with the widest point being 4.9m.

• Parking on this road is difficult due to a number of properties not having access to a drive or driveway. Further traffic along this route would not be advisable.

• The planning application states 22 dwellings however documentation included within the application reference a planned total of 77 properties.

• The planning application states that the development will be on Brownfield site. This is not correct as Google earth show’s that only 10% on the planned development area is Brownfield, whilst the rest was used as tennis courts, bowling green and playing field.

• The other part of the site has historically been used for grazing and is therefore Greenfield.

• The proposed development goes outside the curtilage of the village.

• Part of the land was historically a playing field and therefore has protected status. The Design and Access Statement claims that the playing field was only available for employees of British Sugar who resided outside the village. Social media has proved this to be incorrect, with many people publically reporting using the facilities free of charge or for a nominal fee.

• The Design and Access Statement claims that the impact from traffic will be negated by use of the popular public bus which uses Wragby Road and has a stop up from the junction with Lea Grove. The only buses that use this route are school buses (which run term time only) and a bus that is funded by Asda supermarket, which only travels once a week during term time. Public bus provision in Bardney is very poor and there are only five buses per day (Monday to Saturday) operating between Bardney, Lincoln and Horncastle. Making it very difficult for those who work in Lincoln, to use the public bus as their main form of transport.

• Drainage is a known problem in this area and has affected other planning applications in the adjacent area (see 136548) where special conditions were applied due to the flood risk in the area. The Water Study of 2010, stated that drainage infrastructure for the Bardney area only had capacity for a further 333 dwellings. Since 2010, Chestnut Homes has implemented part II (93 homes) & III (170) of their development along, with Keir Homes building a approx. 98 homes with permission for an additional 100. Records show that Keir Homes implemented a Water Course Improvement Study due to the drainage/flooding problems in this area.

• As the building on the site has been disused for several years there have been reports of bats and other wildlife living in the building, therefore an ecological study should be carried out as a matter of urgency.

• If the development does get approved then BGPC would like Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) provision to be made for play provision for those aged 14 years and under.