The population of Holbeach is set to increase now that plans for a 36-home development in the town have been approved.
A collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes are to be built on land off Balmoral Way, near Foxes Low Road, after a meeting of South Holland District Council last Wednesday.
Planning committee members voted 13-nil to give the go-ahead to plans by North Yorkshire-based developers Benchmark Properties despite fears from people living nearby of increased traffic on a narrow road and the pressure new families will place on existing services.
During the meeting, Holbeach district councillor Paul Foyster said: “There are already over 2,000 new homes proposed for Holbeach and without any planning ahead and co-ordination, it is unlikely that such services will be ready in time to cope with the huge increases in population that are proposed.
“Some things can’t be easily improved - roads, parking and traffic volumes are not subject to the wishes of planners.
“Secondary schools could easily run out of space and waiting times for medical services are already too long.
It is unlikely that such services will be ready in time to cope with the huge increases in population that are proposedHolbeach Town ward district councillor Paul Foyster
“If development on the scale forecast is inevitable, I urge this council to take a far more proactive position on the provision of services to new and existing communities and to consider the matter far more carefully before approving outline (provisional) and full planning permissions.” But a statement from Benchmark Properties said: “The proposal, at its heart, aims to create an affordable, sustainable and high-quality development that will make a positive contribution to Holbeach and help to meet housing need.
“We do not believe there are any significant adverse effects associated with the proposed development and certainly nothing that would outweight the benefits which the proposals would bring.”
Planning committee member Coun Christine Lawton said: “It is an incontrovertible fact that we need to build more homes, in the right place and of the right type.”