Prestigious homes to replace tax office

Holland House in Spalding.
Holland House in Spalding.
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Plans for a prestigious Georgian-style development on the site of the former Spalding tax office have been welcomed by South Holland District Council.

The development will see the historic Holland House converted into five flats and the demolition of the old Government office to make way for four two-bedroom and two one-bedroom apartments, five three-bedroom, three storey town terraced town houses, two two-bedroom, semi-detached town houses and three two-bedroom terraced houses.

In spite of the loss of office space in the town, councillors were told this would be the “best solution” for the site.

The plan was granted subject to applicant D and R Property Services contributing £56,536 towards the council’s affordable housing provision.

Coun Howard Johnson said: “I know this part of town as I walk along the river. The building has been a massive eyesore and this will be much better.”

Coun Rita Rudkin said: “Holland House is some of the best architecture in town and I hope it will continue to be an architectural gem and something I can say ‘wow’ to.”

‘Save our tax office’ campaigner Coun Christine Lawton said she was sorry to see the jobs go, but the development was very welcomed.

l Three new affordable homes are being unveiled by South Holland District Council tomorrow in Puddingpoke Lane, Lutton. A presentation ceremony involving Ian Canham, the managing director of Broadgate Homes, Coun Lawton, as portfolio holder, and local councillors is being held at the new houses in the morning.