Back to the drawing board for ‘appalling’ homes design

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PLANS for a further 161 homes on Spalding’s Wygate Park development have been put on hold.

Concerns over house design, density, public space and parking all contributed to councillors on South Holland District Council’s development control voting to defer the proposals on Wednesday.

Developer Allison Homes Eastern Ltd, part of the Kier Group, had put forward the plans to link into the estate from Monks House Lane.

Their reserved matters application also included two areas of public space.

Committe chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, who is also ward member for the area, said he did not want to “abuse” his position on the committee but was “duty-bound” to raise concerns on behalf of the public.

He listed “waste land” between the development and existing homes as a concern, along with a need for more information on a management plan for the area.

He said it was “next to a proposed school site that will belong to no one”.

He also raised a number of other issues in a written response to the plans.

Coun Gambba-Jones said he accepted the fact “the plans were laid down ten years ago”.

Coun Christine Lawton, who also represents the Spalding Wygate ward, said she also shared his concerns.

Coun Bob Creese branded the design of the homes “appalling”.

“Who would want to live there,” he asked. “They are a place to live, not a home. They are totally inappropriate for South Holland in my opinion.”

“I think the blandness of this depresses me,” said Coun Chris Brewis.

He said he did not know how much “leeway” the council had but he “would not want to live there”.

Coun Rita Rudkin said she thought the 21 “different designs” for the homes all looked similar.

Coun Stephen Williams raised issues with parking.

He said: “We all know in a rural area if it’s a four-bedroom house you will have four people who drive. You need parking.

“You will not have public access after 6pm because all roads will be blocked by traffic.”

But while councillors voiced their criticisms of the plans, Coun Rodney Grocock urged members to think of the employment benefits of such a scheme.

“There’s a lot of work there for builders,” he said. “A great deal of builders lost their jobs in the last six months.

“On a development of 161 houses, there is a lot of people that can get work and have a life back again.”

He added: “It’s a bad world out there at the minute and I know in respect of the business world building people are struggling a great deal and there are not a great number of developments.”

The proposal forms part of a larger site approved in outline by the Secretary of State following a call in and public inquiry in 2003.