New homes for Cowbit site?

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Plans for 37 new homes on land at Backgate, Cowbit, are expected to be approved by South Holland District Council’s planning committee tonight (Wednesday).

Cowbit Parish Council has lodged a formal objection to the application by Holbeach-based Ashley King Developments Ltd to build on land off Backgate and there have been seven letters of objection.

But district council planning officers are recommending approval, subject to conditions.

The parish council has listed reasons why it is against the plan, including:

• Drainage – the water table is high and the use of the sewerage system for rainwater is insufficient

• Lack of parking – saying only 33 of the stated 67 parking spaces are visible on the plans

• Garages would be used for storage “as homes are so small” – and they’re too far from the homes, making it more likely residents will leave their cars outside their homes, resulting in parking on bends

But an agent for the company says Anglian Water has confirmed there is capacity at the treatment works to deal with flows from the site and surface water will be dealt with through a sustainable drainage scheme.

The agent says there are 68 parking spaces – including 45 spaces and 23 garages/car ports.

A public exhibition was held in Cowbit in January last year when residents were asked to help shape the developers plans which, at that time, were for 35 homes and a shop.

The revised plan for 37 homes – and the shop omitted – include provision for 13 affordable homes, around one-third of the development.

Council planning officers say the “main material consideration in this case is the lack of a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites”.

They say national planning policy is clear that permission should be granted unless adverse impacts significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.