Navenby retirement village plans are set to be turned down
Developers hoped to build a community center and 47 bungalows off Grantham Road in Navenby.
Although previous plans for a care home on the site have been approved, council officials say the latest designs would have an “unacceptable visual impact” on the village.
The land, which is adjacent to Cliff Villages Medical Practice, is also outside the development boundary.
The plans will be submitted to the North Kesteven District Council Planning Committee for a final decision on Tuesday July 6.
The council had previously given the go-ahead for a retirement home with eight bungalows, saying there was exceptional demand for this type of development.
The project was marketed for four years to find an operator, without any interest.
The revised plan for a retirement village was submitted in February by Richard Overton of the NDC group.
However, small projects may only be permitted outside development boundaries in “exceptional circumstances”.
A report on the scheme by planning officers says: ‘The proposals are considered to have an unacceptable visual impact in terms of the historic setting of the settlements of Navenby and Wellingore’ which ‘is not outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme’ .
Some of the new bungalows would include dormer windows, but most would be single-story buildings.
The planning application states that the retirement village “provides much needed ground floor accommodation for the rapidly growing elderly and infirm population.
“It complies with the principles established for the site. Instead of constructing one large building block, this latest project creates a more dispersed format incorporating individual single-storey residences for independent living.
It would also include 12 affordable plots.