Iconic village sculpture may be trotting on

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WHAPLODE’S “iconic” Whapplehog may have to be moved to make way for a development of 20 affordable homes.

The statue on Churchgate is sat where an access road has been proposed for the homes, which are to be considered by South Holland District Council’s development control committee tomorrow.

Stan Hoyes has asked the authority for outline planning permission to develop The Sycamores Farm.

His plans envisage ten pairs of semi-detached, two and three-bedroomed houses on the site, which is currently a disused farmyard and buildings.

An area of public open space has also been put forward in the south west corner of the site adjoining the existing playing field.

The proposal is being recommended for approval by planning officers, subject to a number of conditions.

According to the planning officers’ report, Mr Hoyes has demonstrated 20 homes can be “satisfactorily accomodated” to provide “acceptable levels” of residential amenity for future occupants.

It adds: “Although the concerns of existing householders have been seriously considered they do not, in the opinion of officers, justify refusal of permission.”

Councillors will be considering a number of concerns raised by local residents at tomorrow’s meeting.

According to the council’s report, the parish council has “no objection in principle” as it will improve an untidy area in the village but it has raised concerns about traffic and density.

It says the most contentious issue is likely to be the removal of the “iconic” Whapplehog.

Whaplode Playing Field Committee has requested that a Section 106 agreement be considered for £15,000 for maintenance and £5,000 for additional equipment to enhance the playing field.

It has also asked for prohibition on future applications and alterations to the current site and playing field.

A number of residents living near to the proposed development site have also objected, with concerns including access, traffic, lack of amenities and loss of parking. Part of the site is also outside of the village’s development boundary.