Boston

Frampton 195-home plan approved despite flash flooding woes

Developers have looked to reassure residents after flash-flooding increased their worries over a 195-home plan in Frampton.

Councillors also asked Larkfleet Homes to consult with neighbouring properties over their construction management plans for the new build, which includes 193 houses and two flats, public open space, a play area and a pumping station

During Boston Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, members were told of a number plans to address worries carried out since outline permission was granted at appeal.

Layout plans for the 195 homes planned for Frampton.

Objector Richard Green however told members of flash-flooding which had taken place earlier this month.

He said: “I have three neighbours in their 90s, with one recently suffering a stroke — so four house-bound neighbours.

“My thoughts were with them last Monday when I was wading through three inches of water surrounding my home during the very heavy rain.

“This is the third extreme weather event in the last two years.

“We were lucky this time that the water didn’t get any deeper but with this type of weather event occurring more frequently over the last few years, the last thing we need is more water running off that land.”

He indicated that residents felt they were not being listened to and raised concerns over the effect of construction on neighbouring properties and a loss of privacy.

Speaking on behalf of Larkfleet agent Mark Mann said drainage measures on the plans were designed to direct water away and to the north of the site.

Councillors were also told the site’s sewers would be connected directly to Anglian Water’s sewage treatment works rather than the neighbouring network.

A series of landscaping would also help with both drainage and privacy concerns.

The plans, were originally refused as a 215 house plan in January 2017 and subsequently as the 195 home plan — first in line with officer recommendation and then against it.

However, an appeal in September saw the homes granted outline permission by the planning inspector.

Councillors yesterday approved the plans, praising the work that had gone in, but echoing concerns raised by residents.

Councillors placed a number of conditions on the plans, including calling for drainage plans to return to the committee, a kissing gate on a pedestrian access to prevent anti-social behaviour and the creation of management plans for the open spaces and pumping station.

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