Outline permission given for 900-home Holbeach plan

Developer Ashley King
Developer Ashley King
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Planners have this evening given the green light to a £7.5million 900 home scheme in Holbeach.

Ashley King Developments are behind the plan on farmland near Fen Road in the south of the town, which will also include a primary school.

And the developer will have to contribute towards a roundabout being built for the notorious A151/A17 Peppermint Junction.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee approved outline permission ten votes to four – but subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 agreement. This will see them contributing towards the new roundabout and off-site highway improvements, funding a Call Connect bus, building a primary school and affordable housing, providing open and play space, restoring Manor Farm house as a community facility and contributing towards the town centre improvement plan.

The work will see two homes and some post-war agricultural buildings demolished.

Access will be off Hall Gate and Fen Road, with a compact roundabout built on to Hall Gate and a ghost island right turn priority junction onto Fen Road. The A151/Wignals Gate junction will also be improved.

The application does not detail the make-up of homes, although the proposal allows for one to three storey, one-bedroom to five-bedroom houses. A third of them (around 300) will be affordable housing.

Holbeach Parish Council, MP John Hayes and many residents had objected to the plan.