The population of Holbeach could be set for a 5,000-people spurt after plans for three separate housing schemes were given support.
More details of a 900-home development on 101 acres of land off Hall Gate and Fen Road, including an injection of more than £3 million into education, roads and Holbeach town centre improvements, have been agreed by South Holland District Council.
While the people of Holbeach appreciate homes are needed, they feel that we already have enough pockets of development on which homes are to be builtHolbeach Parish Council
The plans by Ashley King Developments of Holbeach were originally approved in principle by the district council’s planning committee in July 2015, subject to certain conditions about the scheme and its impact on Holbeach being met.
A statement from the developers said: “The proposed development will create a sustainable, inclusive and integrated extension to Holbeach which respects the site’s location on the edge of a historic, rural market town.”
When it was first put forward in April 2014, opposition to it came from residents and Holbeach Parish Council which claimed that it could see the town’s population rise by “approximately 3,000-plus”.
During a public meeting about the plans in June 2014, resident Philip Wiseman said: “This development will add to the problems with parking in the town, as well as putting pressure on schools, medical services and the drainage system.”
In addition, a letter to district council planning officers from Holbeach Parish Council, which mentioned the estimated population surge said: “While the people of Holbeach appreciate homes are needed, they feel that we already have enough pockets of development on which homes are to be built.”
The full extent of the plans include a “one-form entry” primary school, plus an investment of more than £2.1 million into education around Holbeach, and a £1 million contribution to the planned A151/A17 Peppermint Junction roundabout.
There are also conditions for a £150,000 contribution towards traffic signals and pedestrian crossings in Holbeach town centre, as well as a £5,000 contribution towards regenerating the town centre.
District councillors also backed initial plans for up to 650 homes to be built near the A151 in Holbeach.
A statement from applicants Lincolnshire County Council said: “We intend to deliver a development that is sustainable and responsive to its surroundings, to the benefit of Holbeach and the wider South Holland area.”
Based on parish council estimates for the Hall Gate/Fen Road development, the new homes on land to between the A17 and A151 could see an extra 2,000 people living in Holbeach.