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New homes plan may 'jeopardise' jobs in Crowland, councillor fears




Ashley King, chairman of Ashwood Homes. (3543226)
Ashley King, chairman of Ashwood Homes. (3543226)

Plans to build up to 47 homes on land near Crowland Industrial Estate have led to fears that it could "jeopardize" jobs in the town.

Ashwood Homes, of Holbeach, has applied to build a range of two-storey houses on land off Crease Drove, near to where a separate scheme for 100 homes has been proposed on land off Harvester Way.

Wheatley Group Developments, of Hertfordshire, overturned a refusal of its 100-homes plan by South Holland District Council on appeal last August which could make Ashwood Homes' plans more likely to go ahead.

Development land on Harvester Way, Crowland, looking towards existing housing. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3543267)
Development land on Harvester Way, Crowland, looking towards existing housing. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3543267)

Crowland Parish Council has objected to both plans, claiming that a "buffer zone" should bet kept between residential and industrial parts of the area.

Coun David Kempton, chairman of the parish council's planning committee, said: "It's unfortunate that approval was granted for the Harvester Way scheme because we consider that whole area of Crowland to be within what we classify as the buffer zone.

Crowland Parish Council news. (2414525)
Crowland Parish Council news. (2414525)

"It's a shame that we have this scheme for Crease Drove as well, not so much to do with the fact that they will provide another 147 homes for the town, but the fact that they will be in the wrong place.

"Even though we may be fighting a losing battle, the parish council feels that these developments could potentially jeopardize the financial viability of the industrial estate."

Ashley King, chairman of Ashwood Homes, said: "Our planning application is adjacent to land which has in recent years obtained planning permission for residential development.

"Our aspiration is to infill between the existing permissions and once all developers have completed the new homes, it will create a much softer edge between industrial and residential development.

"We are unaware of any 'buffer zone', in town and country planning terms, relating to the land and hope that the district council looks favourably on our sustainable proposal."



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