November 12, 2021 10.37 am

Over 100 homes get green light in £10m Holbeach development

Site will provide ‘much-needed housing’

Plans for more than 100 houses to be built in Holbeach have been approved – despite hundreds of people signing petitions objecting to the proposal.

South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday gave the go ahead to Gleeson Regeneration’s plans for 103 homes on land north of Northon’s lane and Oakwood Glade.

The homes will include four one-bedroom flats along with two to four bedroom homes across a series of two-storey buildings with garages.

Supporting the application Councillor James Avery said: “I think this is a good application. There’s very healthy education and health contributions in there, a good level of affordable, it’s policy compliant, there’s green space and I can’t fault it.”

Councillor Christine Lawson said: “I’m pleased with the affordable dwelling provision and the first time buyer scheme is a promising proposal. The fact that the developer has a track record of such provision, I find reassuring.

“So all in all, I’m content with this. It’s in the local plan and provides much-needed housing.”

The council will also recommend the developers provide 26 homes classed as “affordable” along with an education contribution of £547,112 and a healthcare contribution of £68,598.

The proposed layout for the new homes.

Land director of Gleeson Regeneration, Steve Gamble told councillors: “We always try to ensure that selling prices are affordable to first time buyers in an area.

He added: “This development will see an investment of around £10 million by Gleeson’s and experience tells us that the majority of this will go to local suppliers and subcontractors and quite a good chunk will be wages.

“We hope that this predominantly first time buyer led homeownership scheme on an allocate say is supported by the members.”

The plans had received opposition from Holbeach Parish Council along with ward councillors Francis Biggadike and Tracey Carter, with worries over traffic to and from the site, along with flooding and drainage fears.

South Holland MP Sir John Hayes had also raised concerns about the strain on local schools, GPs and dental services.

Overall 22 objections had been received from members of the public and three petitions of 133 signatures, 181 signatures and four signatures have been received.

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