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South Holland councillors throw out plans for homes behind Holbeach pub

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Plans for cottages on a patch of land behind a town pub were slammed by councillors - who rejected the scheme.

API Ltd wanted permission for one detached cottage and a pair of semi-detached cottages in a ‘mews’ behind the Chequers Hotel in High Street, Holbeach.

However, members of the district council’s planning committee were unhappy with the proposal and turned it down - ruling it was an unacceptable design and that the narrow road access along the private Thomas De Moulton Way would have a negative impact on residents’ lives.

Site of the development planned for the rear of The Chequers Hotel. Map submitted as part of the application. (56838163)
Site of the development planned for the rear of The Chequers Hotel. Map submitted as part of the application. (56838163)

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had objected to the plans on the grounds of ‘inadequate access’ for its crews - but members were told that a condition would be placed on the plans to require sprinklers in the properties.

There is also pedestrian access to the site off High Street - but this goes beneath a first floor portion of the Chequers.

Coun Rodney Grocock said that he did not like the plan - and did not think anyone would - but that he ‘took his hat off’ to the developer for ‘having a go’ at clearing a site that had become a magnet for fly tippers, adding: “I am not liking it but what else can you do with it?”

Coun James Avery said it was a ‘hotchpotch’ but might not necessarily make the site worse.

However, an exasperated Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said ‘is this what we’ve come down to?’ He added: “Keep bringing something to us and as long as it’s better than what’s there we will accept it? That’s just extraordinary.”

He said it was ‘quite amazing’ that the plan was proposed and could not believe the developer had the ‘brass neck’ to suggest it.

He described the prospect of vehicles trying to get in and out of the narrow access as ‘bumper cars’ and - referencing the fly tip in images of the site shown to members - he said: “I am at a loss for words - well I have got some words but not for a public place.

“I think the piles of rubbish are better than that at the moment.”

Coun Paul Redgate worried passing this could lead to developers eyeing up other small patches of land. He added: “We are massively at risk of setting a precedent across the district if we don’t clamp down on this.”

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