Holbeach homes plan would create a ‘logistical nightmare’, claims parish council

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  • Parish council takes position on Damgate while developers believe that scheme meets ‘housing need’
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A potential 195-home scheme in Holbeach would result in a merger between the area and Fleet, according to parish councillors.

Opposition from Holbeach Parish Council to plans by town-based King Brothers (Butchers) to build a range of one to five-bedroom homes in Damgate was confirmed in a letter agreed at the council’s annual general meeting last Monday.

Holbeach and Fleet have their distinct differences and wish to remain as such, otherwise, why would people choose to live in either Holbeach or Fleet?

Holbeach Parish Council planning committee

In the letter, planning committee chairman Coun Maureen Male claimed that parish councillors had been ignored in suggesting areas of Holbeach for new housing, Damgate having not been one of them.

“We were asked to identify areas of land for housing (under) the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan 2011-2036,” the letter said.

“This we did and it was approved in January 2016.

“The area (which is) the subject of (this) planning application does not fall within the areas approved and does, in fact, join two parishes namely Holbeach and Fleet.

“Both parishes have their distinct differences and wish to remain as such, otherwise, why would people choose to live in either Holbeach or Fleet?”

The Damgate scheme was the subject of an extraordinary parish coouncil meeting three weeks ago when it was branded as a “gross overdevelopment” of the site.

The letter said: “This (scheme) will cause logistical nightmares for many people and organisations.”

Meanwhile, developers behind a 195-homes scheme for Damgate, Holbeach, claim it will see “local people taking a step on the property ladder”.

A statement from King Bros (Butchers) of Holbeach said: “The proposals will make full and effective use of under-utilised land, whilst also providing a meaningful contribution towards housing needs within Holbeach, without any material, environmental impacts.”

“The development will deliver 195 homes which will allow local people the opportunity to purchase their first property, as well as taking a step on the property ladder, by providing a private, affordable and sustainable residential scheme.”

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