Pincbeck planning application for 66 homes could bring in £55,000 for health and cemetery space
A proposed large housing development on the fringe of Pinchbeck is in line to be granted planning consent next week.
If the plan comes to fruition it would bring more than £55,000 in funding to improve the town’s under-pressure health provision and cemetery space.
The number of homes within the plan for the site almost opposite Birchgrove Garden Centre in Surfleet Road has risen from 40 to 63 since it was granted outline permission last year. However, the revised figure has enabled South Holland District Council officers to form a legal agreement for a contribution of £41,580 (£660 per dwelling) towards health provision.
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Pinchbeck Parish Council is supportive of the application. It would stand to receive £15,000 to help establish a new burial site off Blue Gowt Lane.
Of the proposed homes, more than a quarter is earmarked as “affordable housing”. The mix of two-storey properties is scheduled to be 11 five-bedroom, two four-bedroom, 12 three-bedroomand 15 two-bedroom. And a range of bungalows includes 15 three-bedroom, six two-bedroom and two one-bedroom.
A sensory garden, children’s play area and a smaller open space form part of the application by Mr J Kirk.
Some of the objections cite urban sprawl. But an officer’s report to the district council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, which recommends approval, says: “There is considered to be a sufficient gap between Surfleet and Pinchbeck to accommodate further growth. This site is a discrete parcel of land with clear boundaries. The site is adjacent the development boundary for Pinchbeck so would not look out of place due to its potential relationship with existing dwellings. The enclosure of the land means the land would not be a visual loss to the character of the countryside as there have generally been no views into the site.”
It adds: “It is accepted that the development of this greenfield site will result in a change in the character of the immediate area. However, there are not considered to be any significant or demonstrable adverse impacts in this respect that would warrant refusal of this proposal on the grounds of the potential for the coalescence of Pinchbeck and Spalding.”
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