Plan for turning Spalding’s Halmer Grange into 17 flats ‘completely unsuitable’

A proposal to turn a former Spalding care home into 17 flats has been labelled “completely unsuitable”.

South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter made the remark about Market Homes’ plan for Halmer Grange in Grange Drive.
Speaking as a ward member at a planning committee meeting on March 18, he said: “Yes, it’s a brownfield site but this is an overdevelopment.”

Coun Porter was also annoyed with the developer that council officers had spent “a year of work” trying to help bring forward a suitable application, only for Market Homes to submit its original proposal.

Public speaker Nigel Mann said he represented 33 other residences in having serious concerns about the proposed 5m wide access with “no footpath, no street lighting” and a “pinch point” where waste bins were to be stored.
However, Lincolnshire County Council’s highways officer considered the access acceptable.

Ward member Coun Howard Johnson picked up on the proposal for 23 parking spaces to serve the development.
“If you think about that, it’s ludicrous,” he said.
Coun Christine Lawton commented on how much residents throughout the town miss Halmer Grange.
She added: “Although this is a brownfield site and crying out for development, this is not the development we want.”

Members backed the officers’ recommendation to refuse permission.

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