Population rise drives plan for growing town

An artist's impression of plans for new housing, allotments and cemetery in James Road, Crowland.
An artist's impression of plans for new housing, allotments and cemetery in James Road, Crowland.
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Plans for new housing, allotments and a cemetery in Crowland have been described as “taking proactive steps to cater for the future needs of the community”.

About 30 homes, 45 allotment units and a cemetery on land either side of James Road for the town’s 4,200 people, according to the 2011 Census, have been prepared by Crowland Parish Council.

The application is currently with planners at South Holland District Council and a statement from planning agents acting on behalf of the parish council said: “As part of the residential development, the parish council will retain ownership of approximately ten single-storey dwellings.

“It is the intention that these will be rented out to residents of Crowland who wish to move from, and free up, existing family accommodation, but still live within the town.

The plans first emerged publicly at an exhibition in Crowland in August 2013 after predictions that more than 300 new homes will need to be built over the next 20 years to cope with population growth.

Another exhibition was held in February and the statement added: “The parish council is taking proactive steps to cater for the future needs of the community.”