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The North Loose Residents’ Association is organising a public meeting to protest against plans to build 220 homes on the playing fields of the New Line Learning Academy.
A joint planning application has been submitted by KCC, the Future Schools Trust (which runs the academy) and BDW Trading for land adjacent to the school in Boughton Lane.
The scheme proposes 154 market homes and 66 affordable properties. The ratio of affordable properties is only 30% which is below the council’s required standard of 40%.
The playing fields would be relocated to adjacent agricultural land to the east of the site.
The applicants propose two exits onto Boughton Lane, a country lane without a footpath at this stretch.
The NLRA is most concerned about the effect of the extra traffic, both on Bougton Lane and on the crossroads at The Swan pub and on the already congested Loose Road.
Jacquie Day, the secretary of NLRA, promised “a big campaign” with leaflets being delivered to 1,500 homes in the area.
South Ward’s Cllr Derek Mortimer (Lib Dem) said there were also concerns about the effect on Five Acre Wood, with one of the accesses being driven through the ancient woodland.
He said: “The Conservative-led council’s stubborn refusal to prioritise ‘brown field’ over ‘green field’ development or to take leadership on regeneration of obsolete commercial districts and declining residential neighbourhoods has allowed developers to run amok and to submit new housing proposals 90% of which are on greenfield sites, like this one.”
The local Lib Dem group has started an online petition against the plans: visit http://maid.lib.dm/SaveFiveAcreWood
The NLRA meeting will be in Vine Church, Boughton Lane, entry via the access to New Line Learning, on Wednesday at 8pm. All welcome.
*Planning application 13/2197 refers.
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