November, 2011Planning Case Officer,Development Control,South Kesteven District Council,St. Peter’s Hill,Grantham,Lincs NG31 6PZ
FAO: INDEPENDENT PLANNING INSPECTOR
RE: GRAH3 (Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK903 7NE)This is a written representation from the residents of Gonerby Hill Foot and surrounding area regarding the proposed development of a greenfield site (Site ref: GRAH3) for 400 new houses, including 80 designatedfor social housing, on farmland to the north of Peachwood Close.Attached are full contact details of ………… residents who strongly object to this plan. The Council hasinformed us that each named resident on this letter will be counted as providing an individual writtenrepresentation.We are aware that a vote in favour of the development was taken at the Full Council Meeting on the 8thSeptember 2011. However, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that although a planning noticewas placed in the Grantham Journal on October 7
2011, referring to the Grantham Area Action Plan over 15 years up to 2026, it failed to identify the specific areas that would be affected and at no time did anycouncil representative attempt to alert residents that the land to the north of Peachwood Close wasvulnerable to development.Residents were only made aware of the plan when an Officer of South Kesteven District Council waschallenged taking photographs of the rear of houses backing onto the field. This is contrary to documentedminutes of the council meeting on September 8
, 2011, which states that: “The Council had carried outextensive community engagement in preparing the documents.”This being the case we believe that the plan is fundamentally unsound as there has been insufficientcommunity consultation, and the authority has failed to properly consider its environmental, social andeconomic effects. This could well make any decision to grant consent vulnerable to a Judicial Review.For reasons explained in appendices 1-4 (attached to this letter) we do not consider that the popular andwell-used informal open space identified in GRAH3 is suitable for development of 400 houses. Shouldthere be a need for further building to the north of Grantham we believe that the rejected brownfield site of Vacu-Lug, Gonerby Hill Foot, is significantly more suitable and the reasons for its removal from GAAPare unsound. The Vacu-Lug site already has access to the main road and in terms of the impact on biodiversity, agriculture, heritage and other reasons stated in appendices 1-4 this site is clearly a preferablelocation. Importantly, relocating the tyre factory would dramatically improve the air quality in thisresidential area.