Planners back Bardney houses despite local opposition

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Councillors meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, have been recommended to back plans for 170 extra houses in Bardney, subject to conditions.

The development to be determined by West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee concerns a 6.1ha site off Hancock Drive, Manor Farm.

The proposal from Chestnut Homes represents an extension of their existing Manor Farm development, which already contains 150 homes, south east of the proposed new project.

The latest scheme is in two parts- a full planning application for 44 homes, and an outline planning application for 126 homes. Some land would be left as public open space.

Bardney Parish Council has objected to the proposal saying it wants a second access road built to serve the new development.

The council also says the development would put too much pressure on infrastructure, such as drainage. It would also impose ‘strains’ on village amenities such as schools and the doctors surgery.

Residents have also objected citing concerns over noise , pollution and traffic. They also feared Bardney would lose its “village appeal.”

The doctors surgery also said the extra residents from the development would also place much strain on the surgery.

However, a council report also says the development would not have “significant effects on the environment by virtue of its nature, size or location.”

Highways and other authorities said Section 106 contributions could offset any burdens imposed by the extra housing.

Thus the officers report said the development “is acceptable” even though it is “outside of the settlement limit in the Local Plan Review.”

“It is considered that the development will constitute an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development that can contribute to the growth objectives of West Lindsey, Central Lincolnshire and the national government and contribute to a 5-year deliverable land supply for Central Lincolnshire,” it said.

Approval was recommended subject to conditions including a quarter of the homes delivered are ‘affordable’, the developer also contributes £50,000 towards providing health infrastructure in Bardney, £100,000 towards education infrastructure in Bardney and £30,000 towards public transport to serve the village.