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Ashwood Homes, Spalding, told to look again at plans to build 108 homes next to Crowland Cranes' site off Crease Drove




A developer hoping to build 108 new homes on land next to one of Crowland's biggest employers has been told to review its plans.

Spalding-based Ashwood Homes will be asked to reconsider parts of its application to turn more than eight acres of land off Crease Drove into new housing.

Concerns about the development's impact on the neighbouring Crowland Cranes site, as well as the location of affordable homes on the site, saw South Holland District Council's planning committee vote unanimously to put off approving the plans until changes are made to the scheme.

An artist's impression of the planned housing development off Crease Drove, Crowland.Photo supplied.
An artist's impression of the planned housing development off Crease Drove, Crowland.Photo supplied.

During their meeting on Wednesday, planning committee members were told that the "principle of development" on the site had already been decided after the council's decision to refuse an application for 100 homes off Crease Drove was overturned in August 2017.

But two Crowland district councillors raised concerns about Ashwood Homes' application in relation to parking spaces, its closeness to Crowland Cranes and a request that a share of nearly £385,000 worth of educational contributions should go to The Deepings School, Deeping St James.

Coun Jim Astill said: "It's unfortunate that we find ourselves having to discuss an application for new housing on prime industrial land next to a major employer in Crowland.

Coun Jim Astill.
Coun Jim Astill.

"Discussions took place between planning officers, Ashwood Homes and Crowland Cranes, the result of which was a 30-metre buffer zone between residential and industrial sites.

"So I find it bizarre that the same consultation has not been taken into account with this development where we have houses backing on to Crowland Cranes' testing zone.

"I find it very bizarre that we're wanting to protect housing need, but we don't seem to be taking steps to protect industry."

A decision on plans to build more than 100 new homes on land off Crease Drove, Crowland, have been put off, partly because of concerns over the removal of a 'buffer zone' between the proposed estate and Crowland Cranes.
A decision on plans to build more than 100 new homes on land off Crease Drove, Crowland, have been put off, partly because of concerns over the removal of a 'buffer zone' between the proposed estate and Crowland Cranes.

Meanwhile, Crowland parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock described the distance between parking spaces for some of the proposed homesas "ludicrous and ridiculous".

He said: "I do accept that the principle of development on this site has been established and I also accept that the developer is building houses across the district.

"But once again, we have a situation where some of the parking spaces are totally inconvenient for the householders and some of them are ludicrous in terms of the distance you have to walk to get to your car once you've parked it.

"Some of the parking spaces, I suspect, will encourage people to park their cars in other places, meaning that some people will have a hell of a job getting out of where they live.

Coun Bryan Alcock.
Coun Bryan Alcock.

"I'm not happy with the parking spaces proposed at all on what is a new development, not an old one.

"I take the point that it's great for Crowland's Abbeygate Surgery to be getting some money out of this development and I also take the point that South View Community Primary School needs to benefit from funds coming out of this site as well.

"But I do take issue when Lincolnshire County Council wants money to be pumped into a totally different parish to support The Deepings School which we, in Crowland, would prefer that we didn'thave to send our kids to.

"The county council took St Guthlac's School away from Crowland and so, from my perspective, if there is any money to come off the Crease Drove site, it should benefit Crowland and not the shortcomings of shutting the secondary modern school here."


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