Plans for nearly 100 homes in Ancaster near Sleaford approved despite concerns

Plans for nearly 100 houses in a village in South Kesteven near Sleaford have been approved despite residents’ concerns.

New homes on land north of Wilsford Lane in Ancaster have been approved by the South Kesteven District Council Planning Committee, but they urged developers to take note of concerns.

The original plan was 35 new houses, but AFS Dean Ltd has submitted proposals for 96 buildings, which worried the local council

City councils have also agreed on access to the site from Wilsford Lane in the southwest corner of the site, including widening the existing footpath and carriageway.

Officials confirmed the site was already earmarked for development in the area’s local plan, and praised the improvements to the highways, as well as the retention of hedges and trees and a new landscape buffer.

The councilors, fearing they would be “taken away,” sought confirmation of the control they would have over the more detailed stages of reserved affairs, road design, highway problems and the amount of affordable housing.

South Kesteven councilor Charmaine Morgan said the councilors’ hands were “tied behind our backs” on the number of houses, but the points that could be made later should be included.

Cllr Phil Dilks said although he would vote for approval, an indicative plan seen by city councils was “unacceptable” as the road layout was a “dead end” – instead preferring a winding road

“I urge you to comment on this in this permit […] The danger, if you don’t enter that, is the applicant upon return saying, “Oh, see, but you’ve approved the outline with this indicative plan, and that’s all we want to build.”

The development will include 4,900 m² of public space and could possibly include a local play area.

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The developer was asked to pay £ 343,983 to Lincolnshire County Council for educational institutions and £ 63,360 to NHS England for better health care.

The indicative layout showed that 30% of the plan could be classified as affordable housing.

The objectors expressed concerns about the increase in traffic and the impact on local services and facilities and wildlife habitats.

Councilor Ian Stokes, on behalf of the Ancaster Parish Council, advised the committee that the number of 35 homes mentioned in the original local plan had skyrocketed.

He said, “The percentage increase from 96-35 in a village this size is really very terrible.”

A full application will be submitted to the authority, including reserved matters that will be submitted at a later date.

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