Record attendance at Parish Meeting
Gregg Redford 31st May 2017

One hundred and three Residents, the Borough Councillor Cllr. Maureen Stockwood and the County Councillor, Cllr. Francis Purdue-Horan attended the Annual Parish Meeting.
The single topic of discussion was the proposed development of 90 houses on land south of the Old Grantham Road. The meeting chaired by Parish Council Chairman, Cllr. Chris Grocock, by a show of hands showed unaminous objection to the proposal.
Concern was expressed (among other issues) as to the impact on the Bingham Health facilties, Bingham parking problems, traffic at the A52/Grantham Road junction, the potential of traffic using Dark Lane. Mill Lane (Aslockton) to access the New Lane junction with the A52.  Concern was also expressed at the factual inaccuracies in the Planning Statement and the cursory nature of the Traffic impact assessment.
The impact of the proposed new junction on the Grantham Road on the iconic 'Avenue of Trees' was a cause of worry for many (if not all) if those present. Cllr. Maureen Stockwood informed the meeting that she had applied for Tree Preservation Orders to be placed on the trees. She also informed the meeting that the Borough Planning Officers were vigously defending the Local Plan Plan (Core Strategy). Cllr. Francis Purdue-|Horan also informed the meeting that there was some positive moves in improving the 'Housing Supply' situation in the Borough which would be helpful in the Borough refusing inappropriate and unsustainable applications such as the one currently on the table for Whatton.
The issues and the impact on 'Material Planning Considerations' raised at the meeting are currently being collated and will be published on this website in the next two to three days.

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