Plans for New Homes in Donington Respond to Community Feedback

During March 2016, CEMEX UK submitted an outline planning application to South Holland District Council for approximately 73 homes on land off Malting Lane on the south-western edge of Donington village. 

The new plans responded to the feedback received from local residents and other stakeholders from the public consultation undertaken in November 2015. A community newsletter from CEMEX UK was sent to every household in Donington outlining the latest plans. You can view this newsletter below

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View the New Masterplan 



The whole site covers nine acres (3.6 hectares) of agricultural land adjacent to existing homes off Cowley’s Road and Malting Lane. Along the south west boundary of the site is Turners (Soham) haulage business and the East Midlands Trains railway line beyond.

A significant area of land—almost a quarter of the overall site—will be retained for landscaping and new planting, particularly along the south west boundary next to the haulage yard and as a buffer along the north and west boundaries that adjoin existing homes. 


A range of house types including detached, semi-detached and terraced are proposed which will be predominantly two storey buildings. 

The planning application is for outline planning consent and therefore the exact details of what the new homes will look like will be decided by South Holland District Council in the future.

The development will provide around 73 new homes of which 22 (30%) are proposed to be affordable for rent or shared equity. CEMEX will progress and secure the outline planning permission and work with a house builder to deliver the new homes. A local Housing Association will manage the affordable units.

This Masterplan submitted with the application shows how the site can be developed.


Over 90 local residents and others attended the consultation exhibition in November 2015 with 43 completed feedback forms handed in. Three main issues emerged:


Issue: Principle of new homes in this location off Malting Lane and next to the haulage yard

Response: South Holland District Council has identified that the site is, in principle, suitable for new houses and that the village of Donington is a suitable place for new development. The layout was reworked to replace the original loop road with a spine road serving a number of cul-de-sacs. This creates a less cramped and more spacious and open layout. A wider boundary buffer has also been created between the new and existing buildings. Acoustic fences, double glazing and reoriented house frontages address the issue of noise from the haulage yard. 


Issue: Layout of the development and green open space

Response: Wider boundary buffers have been created to allow access to the northern boundary ditch and to protect the sewer pipe along the southern boundary. The new spine road creates a more spacious layout and allows for natural surveillance of public open spaces. The open space between the new homes and the haulage yard was enhanced with additional planting to act as an effective buffer area.


Issue: Access and potential traffic impact on local roads

Response: A detailed transport assessment was undertaken, including modelling of future traffic flows on Malting Lane, which demonstrated that junctions on the surrounding highways network will operate well within capacity during peak periods. Lincolnshire CC Highways Authority also confirmed in principle its support for the proposed junction onto Malting Lane to accommodate all traffic from the development during both construction and following completion. 


The new homes are within a ten minute walk of services and facilities including the village schools, local shops and pubs. At the time of the planning application submission there was no detail about the level of community infrastructure provision. However, in addition to 22 affordable homes, there will be a significant financial contribution towards local education, healthcare, public transport and other Donington community facilities as part a future planning agreement. 


During March 2016, an outline planning application was submitted to South Holland Council. The application can be viewed on South Holland's planning website here using the reference H04-0244-16.

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