New homes will harm Pinchbeck conservation area – claim

The entrance to the proposed site on Spalding Road, Pinchbeck.
The entrance to the proposed site on Spalding Road, Pinchbeck.

A builder is objecting to plans for new homes at Pinchbeck because he claims they will harm the village conservation area.

Nigel Greenwood, who lives on Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, says the proposed site – agricultural land beside Spalding Road – has been classed as “undevelopable” in the draft local plan.

St Mary's Church seen from Spalding Road.

St Mary's Church seen from Spalding Road.

But he says the draft plan won’t come into force until it’s approved by the Government and it may be too late to stop any new building there.

Mr Greenwood believes putting new houses on the site will be harmful to the setting of nearby listed buildings, St Mary’s Church, the Vicarage and Otway House.

“We live in Pinchbeck Conservation area now,” said Mr Greenwood. “If I want to cut a tree branch off, I have to get permission. It’s considered a potential detriment to the area if I cut a tree branch down.”

He accepts that the scheme is low density now but says it’s unlikely to stay that way with the council policy of insisting on a proportion of affordable housing.

Mr Greenwood is also against the plans because they involve building on countryside and he sees it as another step towards Pinchbeck merging with Spalding.

The application for “up to 16 large dwellings” was submitted by A J and R J Cooke. The Free Press contacted their agents, the Robert Doughty Consultancy, but no comment was made.

Agents told planners the site wasn’t included within the draft local plan “because the standard range of densities applied to all sites under consideration would have resulted in a detrimental impact on the character of the area”.

The agents continue: “This proposal seeks to address those concerns with a considerably lower density enabling a parkland type development which offers the potential for self-build individual dwellings to be constructed with designs to a high standard.”

The Robert Doughty Consultancy points out that Pinchbeck Parish Council has not objected and the application, if approved, it will provide an opportunity to extend St Mary’s cemetery.

The firm says: “A low density housing development with quality designs will have a positive impact on the character of Pinchbeck Conservation Area and cater for a type of housing not seen elsewhere in the village.”

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