‘Fitting tribute’ to Holbeach stalwart

The late John King.
The late John King.
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A BUSINESSMAN’S lasting legacy for Holbeach is another step closer to becoming reality.

The project for affordable homes and a youth football facility, which was envisaged by the late John King, is ready to be scrutinised by council planners.

Mr King’s son Ashley, director of Ashley King Developments, has spent months perfecting the project for Pennyhill in an effort to bring it to life.

Before his death, Mr King, who served on both Holbeach and Fleet parish councils, had already offered to donate 15 acres of land to benefit the community.

The development will see 34 new homes built, along with a clubhouse and six football pitches.

The plans were formally submitted to South Holland District Council last week – almost a year to the day after Mr King’s death.

Ashley said: “I am determined to do everything possible to deliver the football pitches my father wanted for the community.

“Yes, one year has passed and we hope it will be a fitting tribute a year after his death.”

The development will sit on the former PA Moerman nursery, which was bought by John and Ashley several years ago.

The proposed clubhouse will feature four changing rooms and a community room.

The site will be looked after by the Holbeach United Youth management team.

It is hoped that the new football facility will also benefit youngsters attending University Academy Holbeach, who have lessons just a short walk from the site.

Discussions are understood to be ongoing between Ashley King Developments and the school.

Executive head Steve Baragwanath has previously described the scheme as of “huge benefit” to both the school and the community.

Negotiations have also been taking place to bring a housing association on-board with the project, with a view to securing Government funding.

The plans will be made available to the public through the district council’s planning portal.