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20 acres of parkland at Moulton looks set for public use





More than 20 acres of parkland could soon be opened to the public.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee is expected to give the green light to an application to transform agricultural parkland in Moulton to parkland for recreational use by the community when they meet on Wednesday (April 10).

Villagers had been forced to travel out of the area for recreational space until January when the planning committee gave the ok for a third of an acre of the land to be converted into a play area.

Moulton park
Moulton park

Now it is hoped there will be much more green space available after planners recommended this application from the John and Maureen Biggadike Foundation be approved, despite objections from the highways authority.

“This is a full planning application that seeks permission for the change of use of an existing park land, comprising approximately 20 acres, to public open recreational land, along with the formation of a car park,” the planning officer’s report read.

“The proposal does not seek permission for any stand-alone structures or further development in the nature of physical-built form.”

Moulton Park
Moulton Park

Proposed access to the site would be via Bell Lane.

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The district council purchased the 23 acre park in 2016 for £302,000 and looked at a number of options for the site, including a green burial ground.

But in March 2022 the John and Maureen Biggadyke Foundation put forward a proposal to purchase the park.

South Holland District Council's cabinet members Coun Henry Bingham and Coun Anthony Casson are pictured with Moulton Parish Council chairman Geoff Cooper at Moulton Park
South Holland District Council's cabinet members Coun Henry Bingham and Coun Anthony Casson are pictured with Moulton Parish Council chairman Geoff Cooper at Moulton Park

A response from Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department labelled the plans ‘unacceptable’, due to a lack of data to support the amount of the vehicles that could attend the site.

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Nine letters of representation have been received from the public, including three objecting, three supporting and three in support but including comments and concerns.

These concerns include a loss of privacy to neighbouring properties, security concerns, noise, impacts, parking provisions, increased traffic volumes and impacts upon wildlife.



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