Crowland

Crowland 100-house development approved following appeal

The final plans for 100 houses in Crowland have been approved following an appeal to the planning inspector two years after its initial refusal.

Councillors on South Holland District Council last week examined the plans for land at Harvester Way, which had been submitted by Wheatley Group Developments.

The application was originally refused in 2016, because the council said it did “not provide sufficient information to enable a clear conclusion to be drawn on the acceptability of residential development being permitted in such close proximity to the existing businesses and vacant allocated employment land directly to the west of the site”.

However, on appeal the Inspector allowed the application, along with an agreement to pay £44,000 health contribution and £15,000 towards transport.

A report before the councillors on Wednesday, said the inspector had concluded the development would be next to existing residential development, accessible to local services and facilities, would provide housing in an area where there is no five year housing land supply,.

It quoted him as saying: “residential development in this location would be acceptable in principle and that its impact on future residents and existing and future businesses with regard to noise and disturbance would not be so significant as to warrant a reason for refusal at this outline stage. 

“It would therefore be in accordance with the relevant policies of the Framework and its overall aims with regard to the presumption in favour of sustainable development.”

The plans, which saw objections from the ward member Councillor Angela Harrison and Crowland Parish Council, include a 33% affordable housing requirement.

Recommending the application be granted, council officers agreed with the inspector and said the reserved matter details presented an “acceptable layout” with “sufficient spacing” between existing developments.


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