The first phase of a plan for 2,250 new homes in Spalding that promises to create jobs for the next 20 years has been submitted to South Holland District Couuncil.
Broadgate Homes wants to build 312 dwellings as part of a 103-hectare plan stretching from The Broadway to the B1172 at Spalding Common, which promises a primary school, a district centre and two local centres and 29 hectares of open space in the south-west of the town.
Applicants Broadgate Homes Ltd gained outline permission for the scheme from South Holland District Council in 2010, an extension of Holland Park that already has more than 1,000 homes.
Seventy-seven conditions were imposed on the applicants, which at the time were described by planning manager Paul Jackson as onerous.
The overall plan comprises three distinct “neighbourhoods” – notionally described as St John’s View/Church View to the north, Fantail Park in the centre, and South Drove Village to the south – across two triangular shaped pieces of land.
About £24 million will be pumped into the community including £6 million for creating the two-form entry school, £1.2 million for a community building inside the district centre, and £14 million of highways work.
Agent Graham Warren said that the plan had been eight years in the making, and ensured Spalding’s future and employment for its workforce.
Broadgate Homes’ chief executive Ian Canham agreed the overall plan was almost creating a mini suburb of Spalding.
He said: “We are very excited about this next phase. This development will be good for South Holland.
“We have been working on it for 10 years with the council and other bodies so that it is something adds to Spalding’s resoidential offer.
“To call it a garden city would outdate it, but it has a lot of open space and good green areas, as well as cycle provision.
“Initionally, it is well-placed for people accessing schools and shops.
“The development will provide housing for anyone who wants to live and work in South Holland, with its own education and health facilities, as well as local retail outlets to give the quality of life people want.”
It is hoped a decision will be made by South Holland planners by the end of August.