New homes plan for abbey town is given the go-ahead

An artist's impression of plans for a new housing development on land off Peterborough Road, Crowland.
An artist's impression of plans for a new housing development on land off Peterborough Road, Crowland.
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Crowland’s population is set to grow after plans to build about 50 homes in the town were given the go-ahead.

Work to build a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes on land off Peterborough Road was approved by South Holland District Council at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

Eight councillors voted for the plans put forward by Holbeach-based Ashley King (Developments) Ltd and seven against after safety fears were raised about the junction of Peterborough Road and James Road.

Helen Bobrowicz of Harvester Way, Crowland, who spoke against the plans at the meeting, said: “I use the Peterborough Road/James Road junction daily during the rush-hours, as do most of my neighbours.

“In the morning, it gets so busy and you have to queue to come out because the access is just so dangerous.

“I’d love to get an independent highways person to check the junction and the fact that we lost by one vote means there are a lot of people who agree.”

About 150 people signed paper and online petitions against the plans but, despite this, Lincolnshire County Council was satisfied about the junction’s safety.

A report for the committee said: “County Highways is satisfied that the junction is sufficiently distanced from other junctions to be able to safely negotiate this part of the highway network.”

Developer Ashley King said: “We are pleased that the local authority has granted planning permission for this residential development.

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

“The design of the development has been driven by a desire to produce a high-quality residential development which pays respect to the local context and will be an integral part of Crowland for years to come.”