Fears that plans for 1,400 new homes in Sleaford will lead to 'dangerous' roads
PLANS for 1,400 new homes to be built in Sleaford have been met with mixed reactions among residents in the surrounding area.
An exhibition at the New Life Conference Centre last week attracted many people from the town whose main concern surrounded an increase in the traffic problems which the town is already suffering.
Rita Owen, who lives at Bridal Close which is in direct view of the proposed new development, said: "If this goes ahead I think it will be dangerous.
"If there are 1,400 new homes that's going to mean about 3,000 more cars using the London Road and I feel we would be very likely to see a fatality along there if this goes ahead." Mrs Owen said she believed the best plan would be for developers to concentrate on improving the town centre or to build a better road to accommodate the increasing population before new homes were introduced.
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One of the directors from Sleaford Property Developments Hugh Caseley said that the plans have been made in response to a previous proposal for between 270 and 360 new homes in 2011.
Mr Caseley said: "After the exhibition last year, through public response and through meetings with both North Kesteven District Council and Sleaford Town Council we have designed a bigger plan for the area.
"The biggest message we received from members of the public last year was that the area needed more facilities.
"So within this proposal are plans for facilities including a pub, medical centre, nurseries, a community hall and more.
"Everything that we are told today we will re-evaluate and when we are happy that we have got the best master plan we will put together all the assessments etc and then put in a planning application.
"Sleaford is doing reasonably well considering the state of the country but I think it will really prosper through growth in a planned, sensible way."
Resident Vi Hill who has lived in the town since 1975 said that money should be spent on better facilities instead of new houses.
She said: "We don't even have a
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village hall here and it's a struggle to find a place big enough to hold music events.
"If they want more housing in this part of the county they should just build another town somewhere. This is not the right place for it."
Not all who attended the meeting last week were against the plans. Mrs Butler who lives at Southfields and has been a resident in the town for 20 years said she thought they were a great idea.
She said: "I like that they have taken on board the private consultation and the town is definitely in need of change.
"The plans look great although my only concern is that when the plans were drawn up for the Mareham Pastures development it looked really good but there are not many of the things there that they said there'd be so there's always the fear that plans can change."
Jennifer Sherlock, estates manager from Grantham estates was with the development team at the exhibition and has family with businesses in Sleaford.
She said: "It's exciting. My family have had businesses in this town for decades and it makes sense that if there are more people here then more shops will open.
"New businesses are not going to be attracted to a town that's stale."