YOUR VIEW: Holbeach - New bypass, then homes

Land in Holbeach where the A151 meets the A17 at Peppermint Junction which is destined for residential and business development.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG160416-310TW.
ANL-160418-115226001.
Land in Holbeach where the A151 meets the A17 at Peppermint Junction which is destined for residential and business development. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG160416-310TW. ANL-160418-115226001.

Following on from press articles about proposed development in Holbeach, and further discussion about brownfield sites, I wish to revisit the two substantial developments being proposed for the town.

I understand that the development nearest to starting is the A17/A151 to the north and west of the town.

Before work on this starts, however, the highways department at Lincolnshire County Council needs to have completed the new roundabout at Peppermint Junction.

Has this money been earmarked? Is it in the pot?

There was also talk of a little bit of dualling to improve the “pinch points” from the junction eastwards to include the Boston Road roundabout.

I personally believe all this should be done before any housing development commences.

I’m sure what we would all like to see is the timescale of each project, when it is due to start and when it is projected to be completed.

The Peppermint Junction development is important as with it comes some much-needed commercial construction – Holbeach could well do with more jobs if developers are going to build all these homes.

Another important area of need is schools.

Holbeach Primary Academy is already bursting at the seams and the area could do with substantial investment in education.

A new school was originally planned for the A17/A151 but that money is now set to be invested into the current Holbeach Primary Academy site, which I am told will suit the primary much better.

But they want the money sooner rather than later – again, before homes start to be built.

The Hall Gate development was stated by the developer to be a staged project over about 20 years.

If this is the case, it will give the area time to absorb the increased numbers of residents.

But before any of it starts, the developer should be obliged to build the much-needed new medical centre for the town.

No modern medical centre, no planning consent.

There was another article in the paper about a development in Crowland.

In this instance, the developer was building 41 homes and had offered £235,000 for investment in Crowland or, put another way, £5,731.70 investment for each home built.

Will Holbeach see that sort of money?