Homes would put more strain on our services

HARVESTER WAY: A company wants to build houses on both sides of this road in Crowland. SG060115-154TW
HARVESTER WAY: A company wants to build houses on both sides of this road in Crowland. SG060115-154TW

Residents fear plans for up to 100 homes to be built on land both sides of Harvester Way in Crowland will generate too much traffic and put a strain on local services.

Wheatley Homes, based in Letchworth Garden City, is seeking outline planning consent from South Holland District Council.

Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak, from Crowland, says the authority recently gave planning consent for 50 homes on Peterborough Road – which links with Harvester Way – and his initial reaction to the latest plan is there could be an issue with traffic management and a roundabout may have to be installed.

Harvester Way residents Tracey and George Etheridge have already lodged their objection with the council.

They say: “The current 
access road cannot take all this extra amount of traffic.

“The council has just passed planning for 50 houses – at 8.10am we simply cannot get onto Peterborough Road to then take James Road.

“Any further traffic along Harvester Way will simply cause accidents and road rage by impatient drivers.

“The Thorney Road Health Centre cannot cope with the patients it currently has, let alone another 50 households. You can never get an appointment.

“As you (the council) currently have up to eight industrial units in the pipeline for Harvester Way/Crease Drove, this will also have an impact on traffic, so the houses would just make it worse.

“There is no senior school in Crowland any longer, so all children of senior school age would need buses.”

The couple also say low 
water pressure is a problem and that’s an issue which also worries Coun Przyszlak.

He said: “I think there are problems with water pressure in Crowland – it’s not particularly good.

“It’s a bit early to say whether it will cope or 
what the arrangements will 
be for sewerage and land drainage.”

Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd, agents for the developers, say: “The proposal is for residential development of the site for up to 100 dwellings with associated community amenity space.

“The proposal aims to create an affordable, sustainable, high quality development that will contribute to the settlement of Crowland.”

The developers say one third of the homes will be affordable.