Green light for plans to build flats at The Croft

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A plan to replace half a dozen houses with a two-storey apartment block at The Croft retirement complex in Bourne has been approved.

Developers Larkfleet Homes had intended to build six houses but has changed its proposals, saying there will be greater demand for one-bedroom apartments.

On Tuesday the planning committee at South Kesteven District Council unanimously approved the application.

David Connolly, land director for Larkfleet Homes said: “The reason we made the change was because we sold all the one bed units.

“They were very popular with people who were single or widowed. It’s where the interest is coming from and there is a waiting list. So we felt we needed to cater to market needs.”

Larkfleet will now build six pairs of one-bedroom apartments over two floors instead of six two-storey two-bedroom properties. The apartments will have designated car parking spaces within parking courts in the complex.

This brings the total number of properties being built by Larkfleet at the Croft from 68 to 74. Larkfleet has already built 46 properties there.

The development, which is aimed at those over the age of 55, includes one and two bedroom houses and bungalows, three-bedroom chalets in addition to the 12 one-bed apartments which are the first on the site.

Neither Lincolnshire County Council or Bourne Town Council raised any objection to the plans.

The council received six letters raising concerns including questioning the wisdom of flats rather than bungalows, lack of parking for the flats and significant impact on an already busy North Road.

But planning officers concluded the proposal was “in accordance with national planning police framework”. They conceded that concerns about design, layout access and noise were material considerations but not sufficient to turn down the proposal.

Planning permission was granted in November, 2009, to convert The Croft, which had been dilapidated for many years, to warden accommodation with communal facilities and build 68 retirement properties.

The focal point of the development is the former manor that has been restored as part of the development with other properties built around it.