As chairman of the planning committee for Holbeach Parish Council, I personally wish to apologise to the people of Holbeach for the momentous decision taken by South Holland District Council on July 1 in relation to the Manor Farm application.
Having held a public open meeting, we formulated a comprehensive report, which we submitted to the district council on behalf of the people of Holbeach.
No notice was taken in regard to infrastructure, medical matters, schooling, road structures or drainage
Subsequently, we submitted another report, after an amended plan had been submitted. I felt sure that we had made a strong case against such a proposal.
Unfortunately, councillors who do not live in Holbeach, and some, nowhere near, voted 10-4 to allow the outline planning permission, thus relieving us of prime agricultural land in an increasing society.
No notice was taken in regard to infrastructure, medical matters, schooling, road structures or drainage, which were all mentioned by us, and many others, all to no avail.
Holbeach Parish Council has a parish plan, in which we have highlighted areas for development, but it seems the district council need take no notice of our recommendations, and build where, and what it wants.
All matters raised, according to the planning officer, were not valid grounds to object to outline planning permission.
Please be assured, though, that Holbeach Parish Council will attempt to do what it can, as and when issues arise.