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Developer behind bid for 185 homes in Holbeach blames delay on section 106 negotiations

Plans have gone in to build 185 homes in Holbeach.

Cicero Estates has applied to South Holland District Council to construct 185 houses on land off Battlefields Lane.

This site has previously been granted planning permission by the district council in 2012 which is due to expire shortly.

All Saints Church Holbeach has received a grant of nearly £67,400 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. (43103345)
All Saints Church Holbeach has received a grant of nearly £67,400 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. (43103345)

The application has stated that a significant reason for the delay was the section 106 negotations.

The design and access statement says: “The Applicant is seeking a fresh outline planning consent to facilitate the preparation of a detailed scheme thereafter which is capable of implementation on the land and will see the delivery of the development.

“The scheme now before the council is not fundamentally different to that which was previously approved but rather has been carefully considered, informed by initial technical work, to provide a more optimal layout which it is considered will make best and most efficient use of the site and appropriately responds to its context.

“The council will recognise that this site has sat undeveloped for a significant period and it will be no doubt keen to see the site brought forwards.”

The application is for a mixture of housing which will include:

•10 one bedroom flats

• 10 two bedroom flats

• 46 two bedroom dwellings

• 92 three bedroom dwellings

• 27 four bedroom dwellings.

The application would also be offering 46 affordable housing units.

The statement adds that theindicative masterplan “demonstrates how the site can be arranged in order to achieve an appropriate mix of units, public open space provision and both vehicular and pedestrian permeability through the development.”

It also states: “The scheme allows for a significant area of public open space, which is divided in to two main pockets, so that meaningful areas which can accommodate recreational activities are delivered.

“The applicant sees little benefit in this being spread throughout the scheme resorting to inefficient or unusable spaces. The indicative scheme also incorporates landscaped buffers where appropriate to existing hedgerow and treeline features for the purposes of both ecological benefit and the future growth and development of the flora, and to the established pattern of development where necessary to provide appropriate amenity relationships.”

He states: “There are no unacceptable impacts arising from the proposals which override the public benefits of delivering a substantial provision of both market andaffordable housing, which will address local needs, in a sustainable location.”

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