More homes for Crowland fuels road safety fears

An artist's impression of plans for 52 homes on land off James Road, Crowland, approved by South Holland District Council.  Photo by Studio 11 Architecture on behalf of Ashwood Homes.
An artist's impression of plans for 52 homes on land off James Road, Crowland, approved by South Holland District Council. Photo by Studio 11 Architecture on behalf of Ashwood Homes.
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A development of 52 homes in Crowland is to go ahead despite concerns over safety at a dangerous road junction.

South Holland District Council approved plans for a housing development on land off James Road by nine votes to four at a meeting on Wednesday.

I’m not convinced that this is an ideal site for such a development because it’s so close to the slip road (James Road) into Crowland

Coun Angela Harrison, Crowland Ward Member, South Holland District Council

The plan by Holbeach-based Ashwood Homes to build a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes near one of the main roads into Crowland was challenged by district councillor Angela Harrison.

She said: “I’m not convinced that this is an ideal site for such a development because it’s so close to the slip road (James Road) into Crowland and I think it would cause no end of accidents.

“We’re seeing a lot of traffic diverting on to James Road from the A16, firstly to avoid the average speed cameras and, secondly, to race the lorries to the (James Road/Peterborough Road) roundabout.

“People will take risks trying to get out of the junction where you are already taking your life into your own hands when going out on to James Road.”

The James Road development brings to 120 the number of new homes in Crowland given planning consent since January 2016.

Under the agreement, Ashwood Homes will give just over £25,750 to the NHS England in Lincolnshire for use at Abbeygate Surgery and nearly £137,400 to be spent on play equipment at Snowden Field in Crowland.

The play equipment was requested by Crowland Parish Council whose members, in a letter to the district council, said: “The present level of centrally provided play equipment needs to be both increased and maintained, with the eqipment presently provided nearing the end of its useful life.

“A need for the addition of a skateboard and scooter play facility has been identified as of the highest priority, with site options identified.”

Ashley King, owner of Ashwood Homes, said: “We are pleased South Holland District Council granted permission for residential development.

“The new homes will address housing need and the difficulties facing first-time buyers and young families by providing, stylish, energy-efficient homes at affordable prices.

“The development will be an extension to our existing site and works will start in July 2017, with the first homes available for occupation in early 2018.“