Major plan for 35 homes in Holbeach sparks concern

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A plan for a major housing development in Holbeach is due to come before South Holland District Council planning committee this week,

Castlegate 348 Ltd has submitted an outline planning application for up to 35 homes in Norton Lane.

Councillors at their meeting tomorrow will hear the development comes with a Section 106 agreement to provide a £188,035.00 education contribution, requested by Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Services, and eight affordable homes.

The site is 1.2 hectares in area and currently comprises vacant and overgrown land and vacant industrial buildings.

It is recommended that planning officers grant outline planning permission, subject to the Section 106 agreement and nine conditions.

Twelve local residents are currently on record as having concerns, including the infrastructure in Holbeach being unable to cope with further development, low cost housing detracting from surrounding properties, Northons Lane not being wide enough to cope with extra cars, the path inadequate to cope with large volumes of pedestrians, including schoolchildren, problems with drainage and water running off running into neighbours gardens, and not enough recreational areas.

However, ward councillor Francis Biggadike has commented that as it is a brownfield site, contributions should be given to relaxing developers contributions towards education and affordable housing to enable improvements to be made to surface water disposal and highway issues that are the residents’ main concern.