Opinion divided as Holbeach braces itself for huge expansion

Coun Francis Biggadike
Coun Francis Biggadike
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A population explosion is on the cards in Holbeach after initial planning permission for up to 900 new homes in the town.

A two-hour discussion by South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday ended in a vote for a residential development on land at Manor Farm by an almost two-to-one majority.

But not before Coun Francis Biggadike, district councillor for Holbeach, launched a scathing attack on the plans submitted by town-based Ashley King Developments, branding it as “opportunist”.

Coun Biggadike said: “Over the past two years, officers of South Holland District Council, Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council have had many meetings to formulate a new Local Plan for South East Lincolnshire.

“We are now faced with an opportunist application for housing on 100 acres of Grade I-listed agricultural land which, in my opinion, is a blatant attempt to not only override the work of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee but to also give little or no consideration to the comments of (either) Holbeach Parish Council or the residents on future housing growth in the town of Holbeach.”

Councillors who voted for the scheme: David Ashby, James Avery, Chris Brewis, Harry Drury, Laura Eldridge, Roger Gambba-Jones, Rodney Grocock, Christine Lawton, Andrew Tennant and Jack Tyrrell.

Against: Brian Alcock, Peter Coupland, Jo Reynolds and Michael Seymour.