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Plan unveiled for 900 homes in Holbeach

The proposed site of the 900 new homes  plans go to a public exhibition next week.

The proposed site of the 900 new homes  plans go to a public exhibition next week.

Plans for up to 900 new homes in Holbeach will go to a public exhibition next week so residents can have a say.

Holbeach company Ashley King Developments Ltd wants to build the homes on agricultural land in the south west of the town with twin access points off Hall Gate and Fen Road.

The company is pledging contributions to infrastructure – including a roundabout at Peppermint Junction on the A17/A151 and using a grade II listed farmhouse on the development as “a focus for community activities”.

Company boss Ashley King says: “We expect that contributions to community facilities will also be necessary and we are encouraging local residents, businesses and organisations to attend and share their thoughts and ideas on what improved and new facilities might be required in Holbeach.”

Homes will be built over ten to 15 years, but county councillor Nick Worth has “real concerns about the road infrastructure coping with that” and the impact on health facilities.

Coun Worth said it would be very difficult to link the new homes with the proposed roundabout, as it’s so far away, and there’s already an application on the way from someone else to do that.

He said: “I think we need to look at it in some detail. It would need to have some substantial benefits for the town and I am not clear what they are at the moment. There’s a big discussion to be had, I think, and it’s very early stages.”

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Terry Harrington hopes the plan will boost the number of town centre shops.

He said: “Knowing the history of the company and everything else, I know that if and when it goes ahead it will be done correctly because they have got Holbeach at heart. I hope this is something that’s really going to prosper the town.”

• Organised by architects and planning consultants rg+p Ltd, the exhibition runs from 2pm-8pm on April 23 at Manor Farm, Fen Road, and means people can comment before planning consent is sought.

 

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