Opposition grows to new homes plan behind hotel

Opposition is growing over plans for a housing development behind The Chequers Hotel, Holbeach.

Opposition is growing over plans for a housing development behind The Chequers Hotel, Holbeach.

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Protests are growing over plans for a housing development on land behind The Chequers Hotel in Holbeach.

Owner Mark Andrews has submitted plans to build seven two-bedroom “cottages” on a car park behind the hotel, with access to them from Park Road.

But the plans, submitted to South Holland District Council last month, are opposed
 by some residents and businesses amid fears about its impact on Holbeach’s conservation area due to speeding traffic and possible damage to nearby Thomas de 
Moulton Way.

There are also concerns that the homes would be out of keeping with the conservation area and would result in lost parking spaces used by shop workers and customers of both The Chequers and Bell hotels.

A Holbeach resident, who asked not to be named, said: “My objection is mainly due to access issues because although these homes are supposed to be reached to and from Park Road, most traffic uses Thomas de Moulton Way.

“This increased flow of traffic has seriously damaged the driveway and it’s now in a very poor state, so cars from seven cottages will further increase the traffic flow.

“My other concern is that there is nothing in the plans to suggest that any consideration has been given to building the houses in a way that is at all sympathetic to the surrounding properties within a conservation area.”

In a letter to the council, Stewart Wright, of Wrights Properties in Moulton, said: “We consider the application for seven new homes at the back of The Chequers Hotel, Holbeach, totally unsuitable for this area of the town.

“This area has, for many years, been earmarked to be developed for use by retail, commercial and professional services, therefore we believe that a development of this 
type would have a negative impact on the neighbour-
ing residential and commercial properties.”

The Free Press approached planning agents Third Dimension Group, of Southend-on-Sea, for a comment on behalf of Mr Andrews but none had been received at the time of going to press.

But papers from the group about the plans said: “The main purpose of this proposal is to maximise the site development whilst causing minimal impact upon neighbouring properties.”