Sutton Bridge site ‘completely unsuitable for homes, claims councillor

Existing homes in Chestnut Terrace, Sutton Bridge.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG170514-111TW.

Existing homes in Chestnut Terrace, Sutton Bridge. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG170514-111TW.

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South Holland District Council has turned down a six-home development at a site in Sutton Bridge seen as “immensely difficult and very complex”.

Plans by Peter Crawley, of Wisbech, for six, two-storey detached homes to be built on land near Chestnut Terrace were refused by 13 votes to one.

Here is the worst form of piecemeal development when an overall housing scheme would solve all the problems

Coun Chris Brewis, Sutton Bridge Ward member, South Holland District Council

Councillors opposing the scheme feared the road was too narrow and in too poor a condition for new homes to be built on it.

Sutton Bridge district councillor and planning committee member, Coun Chris Brewis, said: “This is an immensely difficult site and a very complex site where the original plan was for this site to be developed, with access off Allenby’s Chase, not Chestnut Terrace.

“Here is the worst form of piecemeal development when an overall housing scheme would solve all the problems.

“This road is completely unsuitable for any development and the prospect of six two-storey homes sitting on top of Sutton Bridge Children’s Centre nearby has us worried.”

In contrast, a statement on behalf of the developer said: “Due to the land being allocated (by the 2006 South East Lincolnshire Local Plan), it is considered that this site is suitable for development.”