Peterborough City Council’s senior conservation officer has confirmed that Larkfleet Homes’ proposed housing development on farmland to the west of St Benedicts Close in Glinton is “not of a scale that would materially affect its heritage significance”.
Larkfleet Homes submitted a detailed planning application to Peterborough City Council in April, setting out plans for 34 entry-level, affordable rented and shared ownership homes. The development includes sustainable drainage features, public open space with a children’s play area fitted with wooden play equipment, together with extensive landscaping.
In an email dated 7 May, Sam Falco, Principal Historic Built Environment Officer at Peterborough City Council and the conservation officer appointed to consider the application, said: “It would be difficult to argue that the proposed development would result in an unacceptable level of harm to the character, appearance or historic significance of the Glinton Conservation Area, due to the detachment between the two locations in both distance and character.”
The development has also been cleared by Peterborough City Council’s Environment and Pollution Control Regulatory Services, with noise pollution said to be adequately catered for.
Lynden Leadbeater, Principal Environmental Health Officer at PCC, said: “The noise report was submitted for the previously more extensive development. It proposed a design solution that was accepted by this Section. The report has not been updated for this application, but the previous report identified that acceptable solutions were practicable.”
In further endorsement of Larkfleet Homes’ proposed Glinton development, Craig Shinkin, Planning and Enforcement Officer at Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, said the surface water discharge rate that can be achieved for the site “is acceptable to the Board” subject to various formalities and the agreement of technical details.
Hannah Guy, Planner Manager at Larkfleet Homes, said: “We are delighted our proposal for affordable homes at Glinton is receiving positive feedback. We always take particular care to ensure our homes meet local housing needs, blend in with their existing surroundings, with an emphasis on sustainability. We are also mindful of the need to contribute towards national objectives of creating mixed communities, which is why our developments comprise a mix of housing types.
“We have been in consultation with PCC’s affordable housing officer, so we know these homes are needed. Furthermore, they match the Homes England space requirements, and they will be owned and operated by a registered provider of social housing, ensuring they are ‘affordable’.
“It is of paramount importance to us that we provide homes in locations where existing communities can benefit from them.
“I’d also like to emphasise that the children’s playground will be made from wooden equipment, providing a natural play environment with stepping blocks and so on, to complement the more traditional playground nearby.”
Larkfleet Homes plans to build 19 affordable rental homes and 16 shared ownership homes on the site, with two or three bedrooms.