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Further discussion on Crowland homes

Councillors asked that builder Ashwood Homes considers changing the layout of its proposed 47-dwelling development in Crowland.

The application for the homes in Crease Drove would be directly opposite the entrance to Crowland Cranes.

During discussion, it became clear that councillors were concerned about the proximity of the properties - particularly at the front of the development - to the long-established heavy plant site and wondered if changes could be made for the benefit of future residents.

The current proposal includes five four-bedroom, 27 three-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom homes, with six being 'affordable' properties. In addition, under a section 106 agreement, the applicant would contribute £20,868 for health provision and £137,367 towards the refurbishment of a sports hall and outdoor gym facilities.

Ward councillor Angela Harrison said while she recognised the application would probably be approved and did not object, asked whether developers and local industry could work "in harmony", acknowledging the contribution Crowland Cranes makes to the local economy, for the benefit of future residents and the town.

She listed visual impact, noise and light nuisance as matters to be considered by both parties, adding: "We now have an opportunity to make this development a success - to see how residential and heavy industry can exist in total harmony."

Both Couns Roger Gambba-Jones and Bryan Alcock both voiced concerns over the use of parking courts in the development: "It is ridiculous that parking courts have been foisted on us once again," said Coun Gambba-Jones. "It's someone saw the light on this."

Both, along with Coun Harry Drury, voiced concerns over the distance residents would be parking away from their properties and the siting of potential refuse collection points on - and the durability of - blocked paving areas, outside a single property.

Coun Alcock was concerned about planned open space fronting the road being used as a play area and wondered if the land could be better re-allocated, eradicating the parking courts, so moving the properties further back from Crowland Cranes and creating personal parking space in front of residents' homes.

With these ideas to be considered, councillors voted for the application to be deferred, for further discussions between planning officers and the developer.


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