A £5 million road improvement scheme at the A17/A151 Peppermint Junction in Holbeach could pave the way for up to 650 new homes, it has emerged.
Advance notice ahead of a planning application for new homes on land “west of Holbeach” was received by Holbeach Parish Council on Friday.
Who on earth is going to come to a low-wage area where anyone who needs a (good) job will have to commute?Holbeach St Johns parish councillor Rita Rudkin
The planning application, to be jointly submitted by Lincolnshire County Council, R. H. and A.M. Goodley, is for a “proposed residential development of approximately 650 dwellings, site access, open space and landscaping”, according to papers seen by the Spalding Guardian this week.
It comes on top of separate plans for up to 195 new homes in Damgate, 43 off Low Lane, 36 off Balmoral Way, 35 in Northons Lane and up to 900 on land off Fen Road and Hallgate, all in Holbeach.
Holbeach Parish Council discussed the Damgate development last Monday when Holbeach St Johns ward member Coun Rita Rudkin said: “I can’t see how this community, with its already very limited facilities, can possibly cope with another 3,000 dwellings.
“Who on earth is going to come to a low-wage area where anyone who needs a (good) job will have to commute?”
The Peppermint Junction scheme itself was approved by Lincolnshire County Council in March but there had always been a prospect of new homes emerging from the moment the scheme was made public in January 2015.
A statement about the scheme said: “The improvement (to Peppermint Junction) will facilitate development in the locality.”
Meanwhile, Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster added: “This has always been recognised as a probable housing site and there was public consultation on it.
“But taking all recent developments, and those proposed or with planning permission pending into account, we are looking at close to 3,000 new homes for Holbeach.”