Plans for playground in Sutton on Sea may now be scrapped

The site of the originally planned play area in Cades Field Road, Sutton on Sea.
The site of the originally planned play area in Cades Field Road, Sutton on Sea.

A LOUTH-based housing company has applied to remove an obligation to build a children’s playground on a new Sutton on Sea housing estate, two years after their initial project finished.

New Linx Housing Trust, part of Waterloo Housing, built 42 houses on land off Huttoft Road in Sutton in 2009. They were granted planning permission by East Lindsey District Council with the proviso of providing a children’s play area in Cades Field Road.

The planning permission said ‘details of the equipment to be provided within the equipped children’s play area including fencing, bins and safety surfacing’ had to be submitted to the district council and approved before residents could move in.

But Linx Housing has now applied to ELDC to remove the obligation. Instead they propose for residents to use existing facilities in York Road, almost a mile away from the housing estate. The application is now open to consultation, and residents consulted have so far spoken both for and against it.

Ellis Jacklin, a resident of the housing estate, told the Leader: “I’m shocked that ELDC and New Linx are trying to back out of the original planning application that these new houses were built with and not provide what was promised.

“Children have nowhere to go on the new estate to play; young children can’t be expected to walk a mile down the road. As they have nowhere to go children are left to amuse themselves which can often be seen as a nuisance to neighbours.”

Andy Parker, Area Development Manager for Waterloo Housing Group, said: “We are aware that some residents have indicated a wish to have a play area provided within the scheme, however there are also residents on the estate who have expressed concerns about the prospect of an equipped play park within the estate.

“This balanced view is reflected by the public consultation comments registered against the application submitted to ELDC which still has a week to run.”

Do you support the need for a playground, or are the York Road facilities sufficient? Email sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk .