Vision for the future of Holbeach

High Street in Holbeach
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A NEW purpose-built heritage centre, new employment opportunities, housing and green space all make up a brave vision of Holbeach’s future.

The exciting ideas to revitalise the town centre have been outlined in a new Neighbourhood Plan which has been drawn up using a £20,000 government grant.

A new website has just been launched to showcase the ideas drawn up by a steering group made up of parish, district and county councillors and members of the local community since last autumn.

The group has taken a fresh look at a number of previously suggested projects, including the potential use of land to the west of Holbeach and regeneration of the Chequers Yard area.

The website, at http://holbeachplan.org, also suggests a new roundabout at the junction of the A151 and A17 to make the town more accessible and a minimum of 350 new homes between 2012 and 2031 to provide the necessary funds to make the dream a reality.

Coun Nick Worth, who co-chairs the steering group, said: “Before the group goes any further we felt that we needed to engage with the wider community and ask for feedback, rather than just consult with the public when the plan is completed, as has happened in the past.

“This is a great opportunity for the local community to have their say on the future of Holbeach and the surrounding villages via this interactive website, as we proceed through this plan process, as opposed to asking them to comment when the plan is complete.

“It will be a community led plan and we welcome comments from anyone in the parish as we go along.”

Mr Worth added that there will still be a normal consultation for those unable to contribute online.