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Former Holbeach travellers site could become eco home if South Holland District Council agrees

Plans have been submitted to create an eco home on a former travellers’ site.

The application, submitted by R Nazan, would see the site, on land to the west of Cranmore Lane in Holbeach, be transformed into a sustainable property.

The former caravan site, which was owned by the council, has been vacant for several years and has become overgrown.

An artist's impression of the eco home planned for the former travellers site in Holbeach (62487851)
An artist's impression of the eco home planned for the former travellers site in Holbeach (62487851)

The self-build house would become a home for three generations of the same family.

The design and access statement explains: “The very core of the brief was to design a home that is suitable for the client’s sister who is an adult with Down’s Syndrome.

“The client also stipulated that the home needs to be a sustainable healthy home with the site being used for alternative energy supply, home grown organic food and a safe and secure environment for the client’s sister.”

The 1.25 hectare site would be utilised for a two storey ‘T shaped’ ‘contemporary low carbon house’, which would be built using sustainable materials and non-toxic paint.

It is proposed that the house would use ‘alternative energies and sustainable technology’ while offering landscaping which would ‘enhance the existing habitat for wildlife by adding natural flower meadows for bees and insects’.

Holbeach district councillor Graham Rudkin had hoped that the land could be used as a nature reserve.

Coun Rudkin says he approached the authority about the possibility of creating a space on the site a few months ago.

He said: “I thought it would be nice to change it into a nature reserve but I was told that it was going to be sold.

“If the house is going to sustain biodiversity I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

“But I would have liked it to have been a nature reserve for people to go and enjoy.”

The site had been used as a travellers’ site before the occupants moved to another location in Holbeach in around 2011.

The design and access statement explains that a road remains on the site and is in a ‘good condition’.

It reads: “The site still has services connections from when it was previously inhabited.

“The site is now quite overgrown with self seeded trees, brambles and grass in areas that are not roads.

“It is evident that a road still exists on the site and is in good condition. This will be reused as part of the proposal.”

A decision on the application is due to be made by April.

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