Roundabout for Holbeach danger junction within 18 months

A roundabout will be built at Holbeach’s controversial Peppermint Junction within 18 months.

Plans are on the cards for two separate housing developments in the town – and both developers are offering to build a roundabout at the A17/A151 link road junction as part of their projects.

Lincolnshire county councillor Nick Worth believes a roundabout at the junction is vital to ease traffic congestion and reduce the amount of accidents at the site.

He said: “I am aware that there are two applications pending – one from Ashley King Developments and one from Lincolnshire County Council – both of which include provisions for a roundabout at Peppermint Junction.

“I want to see a roundabout there before one more house is built in Holbeach. Hopefully within a year to 18 months we should have a roundabout in place.”

Ashley King Developments wants permission to build 900 homes on land to the south of Hall Gate, while Lincolnshire County Council is looking at a development of a similar size on land off the A151/A17 link road.

Both applications are yet to be submitted to South Holland District Council.

Coun Worth added: “I believe that from a planning point of view Ashley King Developments will have trouble linking the roundabout to its application because of the distance between the sites.

“I think the company would be better off providing some funding that could be used to regenerate the town centre and make it more attractive to shoppers.

“It will be interesting to see what the people of Holbeach make of the plans.

“I think the main concerns will be regarding the town’s infrastructure, schools and medical facilities, but over the next few years there will inevitably be growth and I think Holbeach can take that.”

Ashley King Developments will hold a public consultation event to showcase the plans on Wednesday.

People are invited to go along to the event at Manor Farm on Fen Road from 2pm to 8pm, ahead of an outline planning application being submitted to South Holland District Council planners.

The proposed scheme will include a proportion of affordable housing, along with landscaping to create public open spaces and footpaths and access will be from Hall Gate and Fen Road.

A Grade II listed farmhouse on the site will be used for community activities.

The scheme will be delivered over a ten to 15 year period.

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