Rural lane is ‘not suitable’ for new homes

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Residents living close to proposed new homes in Pinchbeck are raising a petition in protest.

Plans have been submitted to South Holland District Council for 14 affordable two and three bedroom houses off Flaxmill Lane as part of the Pinchbeck Community Land Trust (PCLT) project.

The PCLT is a not for profit group created to benefit the community by owning and developing land and property.

The 0.48 hectare site is owned by PCLT and the new semi-detached homes would be offered first to people from within Pinchbeck looking to get on the property ladder.

Figures from the district council show that at the beginning of July there were almost 80 people from the village on the housing register waiting for a two or three bedroom house.

A decision on whether to grant planning permission for the development, which also includes allotments for use by its new residents, is due by November 14, but neighbours have until September 10 to have their say.

Two letters of objection have already been received, mainly focusing on the suitability of Flaxmill Lane to cope with the extra traffic the development would generate.

One letter from Denise Sheed said: “We are in the process of getting a petition together and a residents’ action group to fight this application.

“Flaxmill Lane is a little rural lane that already has two lots of affordable housing, it cannot take any further traffic.

“We have already had a car hit a tree in our front garden, the lane is ungritted in the winter, also the police cannot control the nuisance cars that are racing along the lane from the affordable housing.”

A second letter from Irene Cook said: “Flaxmill Lane is not adequate. Not wide enough, too many tight, blind corners.”