Date Published: 26 July 2021
PLANS to build 20 new homes on the former waste depot site in Metheringham have been approved subject to conditions and contributions to local infrastructure.
Members of North Kesteven District Council’s Eastgate Planning Sub Committee took the decision which means a mixture of one to three bedroomed flats, bungalows and two storey terraced and semi-detached homes will go on the site.
The permission will deliver a proportion of affordable housing units as well as a NHS contribution of £12,650 and £10,800 towards open space improvements in Metheringham.
Councillors believe housing on the site will help to meet local need and that the design features including red brick and dark roofs will fit in well with the surrounding area.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Wright said: “In making a significant investment in the new depot and new business units elsewhere in Metheringham the Council has realised an opportunity to redevelop this site for housing which is far more appropriate given the surrounding residential properties.
“The permission for housing on the former depot site will meet an identified local need for smaller dwellings and make welcome financial contributions to local infrastructure.”
The committee members carefully considered the objections from local residents and the parish council. However, following a debate, members came to the view that the development proposed was acceptable in terms of design and layout given the constraints of the site and the relationship with nearby properties.
Cllr Wright said: “We opened our new depot at Scholey Court in Metheringham in 2018 so the loss of the land had no material impact on employment opportunities or economic growth in the area.
“The development has acted as a catalyst for further expansion of the industrial estate so rather than representing a loss of employment, the opposite is the case. A total of seven grown on business units have been provided by the Council which have been popular and successful from the outset and are fully occupied.
“I believe this is a real step forward for Metheringham and the Council has played a great part in developing the village as a vibrant community.”