Agenda• GAAP and its implications• How do we object?• Open forum• Next steps and offers of help• Timeline• End
What is the GAAP?• The Grantham Area Action Plan (GAAP) will drive regeneration and growth for the town and will serve as a vehicle to deliver Grantham’s status as a Growth Point. It sets out the Council’s vision for the town together with objectives, a policy framework and proposals to guide future development over the next 15 years up to 2026. It seeks to enhance Grantham’s historic environment and improve the quality and range of facilities and services available to residents and businesses. The GAAP identifies and allocates sites for specific types of development including employment, retail, housing, open space and green infrastructure networks and will play a key role in delivering the future development requirements for Grantham town.
The GAAP will result in:A strong local economic focus that will provide high quality housing, employment and a strongretail offerNew road infrastructure, which will assist in reducing traffic in the town centre enabling a trafficcalmed environment to be createdA vibrant and visually attractive townAn enhanced environment with striking architecture, spaces, waterways and green networksAn attractive shopping area with new retail and mixed use developmentsA centre for strong community culture and historic environmentImproved accessibility, particularly for pedestrians and cyclistsThe GAAP is based upon:A number of background studies providing robust evidence to support the approach proposed(see below)A sustainability appraisal to make sure the approach will have the best environmental, social andeconomic outcomes possibleTechnical and viability assessments of key development sitesThe preparation of the GAAP has involved consultation with the local community and other keystakeholders not only on the overall policy approach of the GAAP but also specific proposals forkey development sites.
Key issues which are considered relevant to this plan include:To direct development to locations which meets the strategic requirements set out by the Core Strategy Delivering housing, employment and retail requirements of the Core StrategyDelivering Green infrastructure networks and protecting and enhancing existing open spaces and meeting open space standards for new development To identify the town centre as a focus for development including retail, mixed use development, employment, housing and other other town centre uses To avoid development in areas of high risk from flooding To consider locations that have existing or potential infrastructure to support development To protect against detrimental impact on historic assets The need for affordable housing.House prices are relatively low compared to elsewhere in South Kesteven District and the wider Lincolnshire area. Yet despite this, Grantham has relatively low levels ofowner occupancy and high rates of social housing and private sector renting. There is a shortage of affordable housing compared to the level of demand.By 2026, Grantham will be a vibrant and key economic centre in Lincolnshire. It will be an economically, socially, environmentally and physically connected town.
Planned points of entry to the siteBeaumont Drive and Applewood Close
Potential other points of access in case of objection Lynden Avenue / Vernon Avenue
Conservative estimates are for 600 new houses to be added to the daily throughflow on the three roads Only points of access to the estate will be throughStephenson Avenue, Cliffe Road and Hazelwood Drive
Objectives of noteObjective 7• To locate development within Grantham where it will provide the opportunity for people to satisfy their day-to-day needs for employment, shopping, education and other services locally or in locations which minimise the need to travel and where there are modes of transport available in addition to the motor car.Objective 9• To conserve and enhance Grantham’s heritage, respecting historic buildings and their settings, links and views.Objective 10• To provide a network of multi-functional green spaces which secures a net gain in biodiversity, provides for the sporting and recreational needs of the population, promotes healthy lifestyles and enhances the quality of the natural and built environment.
There is no planning for making the access to the site better through highway development. The only plan is to put more roads and identify thepotential for a cycle path (it is not clear where this could legally and physically go)
There is NO planning for development of the infrastructure on the estatesThere is NO planning for the allocation of any further informal open spaceThere are NO plans to amend the electricity provision on siteThere is NO planning for improvement of the foul sewerage on the estate –there are rumours that the sewerage system on the estate has been deemedto be full for its present purpose.Any information on this would be very useful.There is planning for a three form entry school in this area which will cost £9million to build.It appears to use that looking at the plan this estate is planned to be built inthe 2016-2021 window yet there are minimal plans to develop theinfrastructure until the 2021-2028 window. We appear to be an afterthought
The arguments used by the residents of the Manthorpe Estate regarding the proposed development on the other side of the railway line and border Biodiversity • The current national planning policy framework for the natural environment, countryside and landscape is set out in PPS 1 (Delivering Sustainable Development), PPS7 (Sustainable Development in Rural Areas) and PPS 9 (Biodiversity and Geological Conservation). The policies are aimed at sustainable development which protects and enhances biodiversity, and provides for access to the countryside. • Grantham’s green infrastructure network comprises both green spaces within urban areas, such as Wyndham Park, and larger spaces in the countryside around the town, such as Belton Park.
Heritage• It is clear from reading a range of documents that we should target the proximity of the land to Belton House.• English Heritage and National Trust have objections to aspects of the plan.• We should focus on the Belton House and Park Setting Study and Policy Development document commissioned by SKDC.
Highways• Concerns expressed in original statement by highways about suitability of roads• Change in use of access roads• Side roads being turned into main access roads• Safety of the roads in the winter• Overload of the town’s roads
Planning objections Object to this allocation. We consider that the provision made for a reserve site at Grantham is GRAH1 (Land North of Peachwood unnecessary and highly questionable whether it Close) is relatively close to Belton Park could achieve its stated purpose. Request that the and development here could harm the provision made for a reserve site be deleted. setting of and views from the - Commercial Estates Group registered park and garden. This needs to be identified as a key constraint and carefully considered before the site is brought forward. - English HeritageObject to the allocation. TheRepresentor considers that the site issubject to highway access constraints.The development of the Site would also Object to the policy. Access is an issue andhave implications for the setting of distance from local services. ObviouslyBelton House and Garden. Reserve sites expanding the area of GRAH2 would beshould enjoy the same qualities as preferable. - P and B Lelyprimary allocations.- Antony Asbury Associates
Planning supporters Support the policy. It is Buckminster Support the policy. We have noted with interest Estates view that the proposed housingthat part of our clients landholding (crosshatched) supply figures for Grantham are too finelyis included within the GAAP and has been identified balanced and that an additional reserveas a reserve site for residential development. We site should be allocated. The Buckminstersupport the identification of the land as potential Estate proposed through the SHLAA aresidential development land and will take housing site adjacent to 205 Bridgendwhatever actions are necessary to facilitate the Road/A52 Somerby Hill. By only havingearly and effective release of the land for such uses one reserve site there is not enoughsubject to all other general planning policies. contingency built into the GAAP. The land - Trustees of Sir Thomas White’s Charity at Somerby Hill to be added as an additional housing reserve site. - Buckminster Estates
The land is owned by The Charity of Sir Thomas White whose trustees are duty boundto maximise the potential of their investment. Therefore we can only expect that they will push to sell the land for the maximum amount.
Grounds for objection• Impact on landscape• Highways• Infrastructure• Impact on Grantham Heritage• Biodiversity• Greenbelt vs Brownfield
How do we object?• SKDC planning website• Individual letters of objection• Collective letter of objection
The planning website is difficult to navigate and use – you will need to log into the site to do so as well. We advise that is easier to write letters.Individual letters need to be posted or emailed to the Planning Policy & Partnerships department at South Kesteven District Council A collective letter will show that we have widescale support within the community – there were 250 comments on the whole plan in March it would be a massive show of strength if we could massively outdo that. It will only count as one letter but is an important statement to make.We have been advised that the council have called for people to comment through the website but this is only to make it more efficient for the planning policy department and they are happy for us to use the other methodsIt is important that we do use both of the other two methods and that the individual letters are not round robins.
We cannot object on grounds of:• Impact on personal circumstances• House price values• Objection to development of the town