Residents ‘devastated’ as bungalow plans approved in Lincolnshire village of Rippingale

Residents of a small Lincolnshire village were left “devastated” after the council approved plans to build six new bungalows in the community. Plans to build the bungalows on East Street, Rippingale, were previously refused in May 2023 as South Kesteven District Council felt there was insufficient community support and a lack of need for additional housing in the village.

However, the council’s planning committee approved revised plans during a meeting on Thursday, May 30. Those living in the village, which has a population of fewer than 1,000, insist there aren’t enough local amenities to cater to the new families.

Bryony Harrison, 73, said: “Our main concern is that our village was designated as unsustainable because we have no shop, no bus service, no school, or doctor’s surgery. If you want services, you have to get into a car and drive.”

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Chris Catt, 69, insisted that there was no need for more bungalows in the village, as 20 per cent of the existing homes were already bungalows—much higher than the reported seven per cent on a national scale, according to House Simple. On the council’s planning portal, resident Chris Tarrant claimed that the development would worsen flooding problems on East Street.

The 74-year-old recalled ongoing issues with the drainage system, as sewage tended to escape from manholes whenever there was heavy rain. He said: “A pumping station is required to pump sewage to the main foul sewer in East Street.”

Nevertheless, Rippingale residents insisted they will “keep fighting” against mounting housing developments, arguing it is not the right place for more construction.

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