Difference of opinion over plans to turn Spalding Lifestyle site into 72 new houses and flats
Plans to turn a retail and restaurant site on the edge of Spalding into 72 new homes has split parish and political leaders.
A planning application for the demolition of Spalding Lifestyle, off Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, to be replaced by a mix of houses and flats, was reported on by our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, three weeks ago.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Pinchbeck Parish Council backed the plans for a range of two and three-storey properties to be built on the 4.2 acre site, despite opposition from the village's MP.
Sir John Hayes, whose South Holland and the Deepings constituency includes Pinchbeck, described the plans by Leicester-based Kaplan Property Group as "an overdevelopment of this site".
In a letter of objection to South Holland District Council, Sir John said: "I am concerned about the scale and design of the proposal that has been made.
"I agree with constituents who have contacted me that 72 homes is an overdevelopment of the site and the use of three-storey properties to achieve this is clearly inappropriate.
"There are no existing three-storey properties nearby and to have them located at the entrance of the development would spoil the open aspect of the area."
Sir John also raised concerns about a rise in demand on medical, dental and educational services, "a considerable increase in traffic movements" and sewerage issues.
"As I have said on many occasions before, I want to see only the highest quality of design in built properties, in keeping with the locality," Sir John said.
A statement from Kaplan said the planned homes would result in "no significant increase in vehicle movements" and that they "would preserve the character of the area".