New housing scheme for Pinchbeck gets backing of parish councillors
Plans to build 61 homes on farmland near the border between Pinchbeck and Surfleet have moved a step closer.
The plans by Kirk Homes Ltd, of Pinchbeck, to redevelopment about ten acres of land off Green Lane and Bacons Lane raised no objections with parish councillors who met on Monday.
Kirk Homes wants to expand on a previous application, approved by South Holland District Council in January 2018, for 40 homes to be built on part of the same site.
In a statement, the developer described its enlarged plans as a “natural rounding off “ of Pinchbeck’s “attractive new, northern edge”.
The statement said: “The site is presently in agricultural use and whilst concern may be raised about the loss of high-quality agricultural land to housing, it is not considered to be an issue that would significantly outweigh the benefits of housing development.
“There would also be limited harm to the landscape setting of this side of Pinchbeck and any harm that may arise from the loss of open countryside would be very localised to the immediate edge of the village.
“In fact, the extension of an approved site for housing would fit in well with a logical development of the village, thus adding to its attractive character.”
According to the current South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, a guide to housing and business development for South Holland and Boston that was adopted in March this year, just over 250 new homes are planned for Pinchbeck between now and 2036.
If approved by South Holland District Council, the Green Lane/Bacons Lane plans will see a mix of two to five-bedroom homes built on a site which is off Surfleet Road.
The statement from Kirk Homes said: "This development presents an opportunity to logically round off this northern edge of Pinchbeck, with a mix of house types to meet local needs.
"The character of this scheme is not considered to be contrary to that of the wider village as it will be predominantly two-storey houses, with some of the units being bungalows."
Kirk Homes confirmed that access to the homes would be from a new T-junction on Pinchbeck Road, rather than from Green Lane or Bacons Lane itself.
Due to the number of homes planned, 15 would be made available either on a rent or affordable basis.