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Rat run fears for 185 home development in Holbeach

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Concerned councillors have called on a developer to look at traffic calming measures to stop a new housing estate becoming a ‘rat run’.

The principle of a 185-home development on land off Battlefields Lane South in Holbeach was agreed by members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The homes are being proposed by Cicero Estates but had drawn objections from residents and the council’s own housing team.

The site off Battlefields Lane South where Cicero Estates wants to build 185 in Holbeach
The site off Battlefields Lane South where Cicero Estates wants to build 185 in Holbeach

The latter flagged fears for the ‘already struggling drainage system’ - while Anglian Water says it cannot yet say if it has the capacity to handle the surface water, calling for more information.

These matters, however, will be addressed at a later date, with the committee only being asked for outline approval.

Coun Allan Beal worried that the site could become a ‘rat run’ for vehicles coming on and off the nearby A17.

He was told that having two entrances to the site - unlike one in a previous version of the scheme - was the preference of the county council’s highway department due to the number of homes built around Kings Road.

Coun Beal called on the developer to work with highways, councillors and residents on ways to avoid this becoming an issue.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said he was always concerned that, with such matters, people fail to take into account the impact on future residents living in the homes being built.

He supported the call for traffic calming measures and said there were similar problems built into the Wygate Park area of Spalding.

The Wygate ward councillor said: “The people living in a development have to suffer the impact of that poor piece of design, as we certainly experience in my location, in our ward.”

Coun Peter Coupland pointed out that the development had had permission before and was in the local plan. It also includes a promise to pay £1,140,922 for education and £122,100 for healthcare.

However, he added: “I just fear that we may get a challenge on those when it comes back with a full application. They are written into this outline at the moment which is great.”

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