WLDC fells 170 Bardney Chestnut Homes plan

The proposal for the Manor Farm site at Bardney. The access road will be in the red section at the bottom of the site. EMN-140718-160754001

The proposal for the Manor Farm site at Bardney. The access road will be in the red section at the bottom of the site. EMN-140718-160754001

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Councillors last week overturned officer recommendations for up to 170 homes at Bardney.

The application from Chestnut Homes was for a 6.1ha extension of its Manor Farm development off Hancock Lane.

The proposals were in two parts - a full planning application for 44 homes and an outline planning application for 126 homes. Some land would be left as open space.

Council officers had recommended the project saying its impact would not be too damaging, the developer could offset pressures on schools, health and roads through S106 contributions and the scheme would help Central Lincolnshire meet its housing supply targets.

However, local district councillor Ian Fleetwood won support for his motion to oppose the project, saying that the houses would harm the rural character of the local area, it was not ‘sustainable’, the proposed developer contributions were insufficient, it would harm the setting of nearby listed buildings and local tourism would suffer.

Coun Fleetwood said Bardney consisted of around 600-700 houses, around 150 of which came from the existing Manor Farm development, which represented “quite a substantial addition already.”

There were other ‘brownfield’ sites in the village which might better be suited for housing, but there was not the demand as another development had seen some of its houses built for sale turned into rentals as it could not find buyers.

However, Coun Owen Brierley said Central Lincolnshire has to meet its housing needs somewhere and developers want to build close to Lincoln. “Bardney is one of our more sustainable settlements. If you don’t put it in Bardney, where will you put it?”