Pinchbeck and Holbeach home plans up for discussion tonight

Planning applications
Planning applications

Controversial plans for 39 new homes in Holbeach and up to 38 in Pinchbeck are due to be discussed by South Holland District Council’s planning committee this evening (Wednesday).

Two separate applications have been put in for residential development on land off Low Lane in Holbeach and in Milestone Lane in Pinchbeck.

This needs to be part of a whole plan, not homes put up willy-nilly

Coun Paul Foyster, Holbeach

Both plans, however, have faced objections from the public and some ward councillors.

The plans for Holbeach have been amended from an original 43 homes but there have been objections from Coun Francis Biggadike, Coun Tracey Carter and Coun Paul Foyster over fears including noise, surface water drainage and pressure on infrastructure.

It comes as the town could see up to 900 homes being built in the future under various proposals. That is as well as the creation of a South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) as work soon starts on a multi-million project around the A17/A151 Peppermint Junction.

South Holland District Councillor Foyster, for Holbeach Town, said: “We have several different building projects proposed for Holbeach and they have talked about 500 homes being a safe minimum.

“The infrastructure won’t cope with it. If a smaller plan goes ahead then it opens the door for larger builds. It could take 20 years or it could be a couple a year. It becomes a vicious cycle. It puts pressure on our schools, doctors surgeries, dentists etc. This needs to be part of a whole plan, not homes put up ‘willy-nilly.”

While it has been recommended to grant full planning permission for the Low Lane development, that is subject to applicants Benchmark Properties agreeing to provide six on-site affordable housing units and financial contributions of £113,070 towards education provision and £8,299 for open space.

○ The Pinchbeck plans by applicants Mr and Mrs R Hart have also been recommended for outline planning permission approval subject to the applicant providing 13 on-site affordable homes and other conditions.

But 49 objections have been raised from the public over issues of highway safety, increased noise levels and added pressure on doctors, dentists, schools and public transport in the area.

The site currently houses a vehicle repair workshop, stables and paddocks.

Pinchbeck Parish Council has objected to the plans on grounds that the road access does not support a proposed development of its size.

MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes has also expressed objections to the plan over road safety and the impact on local services.

Ward Councillor Sally Slade has lodged her objections due to over-development concerns, highway and pedestrian safety.