clear from the GAAP whether a relief road bypass will be in place prior to the building of anew estate.
(1.1.13) Planning policy guidance 13 – point 5.3
states that “
local authorities should accommodate housing principally within existing urban areas, planning for increased intensity of development for both housing and other uses at locations which are highlyaccessible by public transport, walking and cycling.”
In addition, point 6.6 states that:
Local authorities should ensure that strategies in the development and local transport plancomplement each other and that consideration of development plan allocations and local transport investment and priorities are closely linked.”
In the Gonerby Hill Foot area allpublic transport ends at 5.30pm and is not available on Sundays.
(1.1.14) Planning policy guidance 13 – point 5.10
states that: “
Local authorities should protect sites and routes which could be critical in developing infrastructure to widen choices for both passenger and freight movements.”
Clearly the impact of traffic from 400 newhouses would not protect the main route into and out of the town via Gonerby Road.
(1.1.15) Planning policy guidance 13
– “Linking Planning and Transport” point 20.4 statesthat local authorities should: “
Locate day to day facilities which need to be near their clientsin local and rural service centres, and adopt measures to ensure safe and easy access, particularly by walking and cycling.”
Clearly the loss of informal open space and theburden of additional traffic from 400 new houses would not fall within this guidance.There is no planning for improving infrastructure and access to the site throughhighway development. The only plan is to build a cycle path, although it is unclear wherethis could be legally and physically sited.(2) Use of Greenfield Site
Greenfield sitesshould not be used for building when Grantham and other towns in theEast Midlands have numerous brownfield sitesthat are available for development.
In the GAAP document Figure 10 denotes that the land designated for planning isinformal open space. Later in the same document Point 220.127.116.11 states that: “
All existing open space including, parks, equipped play space, sport pitches and informal natural open space,route ways and corridors will be protected.”
The document says that development proposals on existing open spaces will only be permittedwhere it is demonstrated that:
(i) The proposal will provide increased or improved open space and /or recreational facilities, or (ii) The site is not required to meet the local standard set out in Policy OSS1 or,(iii) Equivalent (or better) replacement provision is to be made within the same catchment area.
We do not believe that there are any plans in place to rectify this and therefore the lossof this land would deprive Grantham of an informal open space and go against theGAAP itself.(3) Use of Brownfield sites
Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres, Gonerby Hill Foot, which was originally identified withinGAAP as a preferred housing allocation site, is a brownfield site that we believe represents aninfinitely more sensible option for redevelopment. It would also greatly improve the air quality in an area that is in extremely close proximity to two primary schools and thousands of domestic residences. Although funding was given as an issue for not relocating Vacu-Lug, itis not one that we accept.
It would appear that the new location to the north of Peachwood Close has been selectedfor its proximity to Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres rather than being the best available site.
According to our research the two primary schools in the area (Gonerby Hill Foot School