Holbeach Parish Council opposes plan for new homes in Damgate

A plan for 195 new homes in Holbeach would see the town “vanish without a trace”, a parish councillor has warned.

Developers behind the plan for a mix of one to five-bedroom homes in Damgate were accused of a “gross overdevelopment” of the area at a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council on Monday.

We’re not against development but what we are strongly against is gross overdevelopment and if this goes through, the town will vanish without a trace.”

Coun Rita Rudkin of Holbeach Parish Council

The plan by King Bros (Butchers) Ltd of Holbeach would take the total of new homes earmarked for Holbeach to more than 1,400, including 900 planned for Fen Road and Hallgate which gained outline (provisional) planning permission last July.

Coun Rita Rudkin, said: “In the past, land on Damgate was offered for the building of a medical centre.

“But it was rejected because it wasn’t an appropriate site as Damgate has no pavements and it’s an 11-minute walk into Holbeach.

“I can’t see that it’s improved sufficiently to justify putting this number of houses there.

“We’re not against development but what we are strongly against is gross overdevelopment and if this goes through, the town will vanish without a trace.”

A statement from King Bros (Butchers) said: “The proposal, at its heart, aims to create an affordable, sustainable, high-quality development that will contribute to the settlement of Holbeach.

“The effects of the proposal upon local facilities and the highway network can be satisfactorily managed to ensure that the locational advantages of developing the site are fully realised, without material detriment or disadvantage to the local community.”

In 1978, South Holland District Council rejected plans for eight homes in Damgate over fears that the town’s sewage treatment works would be “overloaded”, the loss of “good quality agricultural land” and the possibility of “further unsatisfactory development.”

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