Concern at new village homes

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DEVELOPERS’ plans to build 35 new homes in Pinchbeck have caused concern among those living nearby.

A number of residents near to Larkfleet Homes’ Viscount Close estate have written to South Holland District Council objecting to the second phase after some problems with the first stage of the development.

Many of the objections relate to the removal of a mature hedge in Burma Avenue to allow for access to the site by large vehicles during the building work, which has not yet been replaced as promised.

But other concerns have been raised about the standard of the homes after the gable end section of two existing properties on phase one fell down during high winds in January, and about the conduct of those working on the building site.

In a letter to South Holland District Council planners, Richard Polling, of Burma Avenue, said: “I have been bitterly disappointed by the developers on the current site and their lack of common courtesy and utter disregard in dealing with the neighbourhood – a neighbourhood that once the development is complete they will wash their hands of and never return.”

He added that he had complained three or four times during the work on phase one of the development about the foul language being used on site within earshot of his garden and his young family, as well as construction noise and the reversing warning on site vehicles, which he claimed spoiled their enjoyment of the garden last summer.

At its meeting on Monday, Pinchbeck Parish Council considered the plans and agreed to not object in principle to the new development, but called for the hedge to be replaced and for the developer to provide children’s play equipment on a area of green space included in the plans.

Coun Andrew Bowser said: “The fact that the development includes affordable homes means there are likely to be quite a few families move in with young children and the developer should provide some play equipment for them to use.”

District council planners are likely to make a decision about the Bourne-based developer’s plans before the end of March.