South Holland District Council has approved a contentious 70-home development in the heart of Spalding, despite critics labelling the designs as “hideous”. During a meeting on Wednesday, February 7 the council’s planning committee approved the proposed housing project located on the former Ivanda Nursery site off Monks House Lane, amid objections from residents and MP Sir John Hayes.
Although the initial proposal included 76 new homes, it was later revised with updates to the overall layout and house types. The revised application includes six one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom, and six four-bedroom houses, spanning more than 2.3 hectares.
During the meeting, applicant Lee Russell from Seagate Homes stated the company has been working with partners on the project for the last year and praised the “great development location”. In their planning statement, the company said: “The site is adjoined on three sides by existing residential estate development, forms part of a large residential neighbourhood on the western side of the town.
“The locality, with the exception of the nursery, is wholly residential in character, and a suitably scaled residential development will remove what has become a non-conforming use within the built-up area.”
However, Councillor Ingrid Sheard listed some of the concerns from residents in her ward about the development. She said: “A lot of people are very concerned about the pressures being put on the school, the roads, and infrastructure.”
The representative for Spalding Monkshouse ward also expressed concern about potential future expansion of the development, fearing it could exacerbate existing issues. Councillor Bryan Alcock said he was glad modifications were made to the application, but criticised the design of some of the houses, labelling them “hideous”.
Holbeach Town ward Councillor Sophie Hutchinson took a different tone, stating: “We should be striving for high-quality developments.”