CROWLAND PARISH COUNCIL: Objections raised to 100-home development near Crease Drove Industrial Estate which could fill town 'buffer zone'
There are fears that plans to build more than 100 new homes in Crowland could wipe out a so-called “buffer zone” in the town.
Spalding-based developers Ashwood Homes has applied to build up to 108 two, three and four-bedroom houses on more than eight acres of land off Crease Drove.
Crowland Parish Council has objected to the plans which it fears will end the separation between the residential and industrial areas of the town.
During a meeting on Monday, planning committee chairman Coun David Kempton said: “This is the remaining bit of land off Crease Drove which we still believe should be left as a buffer zone and not be built on.
“It would make for a total of around 350 new houses in the area and our main concern is the impact it will have on the industrial area, particularly Crowland Cranes.”
Ashwood Homes already has plans in place to build 47 homes off Crease Drove after South Holland District Council granted permission in February this year.
Speaking after the plans were submitted in July 2018, Ashwood Homes’ chairman Ashley King said: “Our planning application is adjacent to land which has, in recent years, obtained planning permission for residential development.
“Our aspiration is for infill houses between the existing permissions and once all developers have completed the new homes, it will create a much softer edge between industrial and residential development.
“We are unaware of any ‘buffer zone’, in town and country planning terms, relating to the land and hope that the district council looks favourably on our sustainable proposal.”
Parish councillors are relying on the new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, adopted by the district council last month, as support for their objections.
The Local Plan, a policy in all future development in South Holland, considers Crease Drove to be a “Main Employment Area”, with just 31 new homes allocated for nearly four acres of land east of the road concerned.
But the parish council’s objection faces a challenge from the Planning Inspectorate which overturned the district council’s refusal of a separate application for a 100-home development in Crease Drove last November.
Wheatley Group Developments, of Hertfordshire, successfully appealed to overturn the refusal after a planning inspector said there were “no harmful impacts that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the development”.
Parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock said: “Our arguments about developments in Crease Drove have been rehearsed numerous times, including through the planning inspector.
“Unfortunately, he sets the standard.”