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Bellway Homes plans to build 373 homes in Zone 7 of Elsea Park, Bourne

Plans are set to be submitted to complete a large housing development in Bourne.

Bellway Homes has notified Elsea Park residents that it hopes to build 373 new properties in zone seven of the development, the final area left at the site.

Since 2001, about 1,500 homes have been built in Elsea Park but, should plans be approved, the site will be completed next year.

Lucas Fidler in zone seven of Elsea Park
Lucas Fidler in zone seven of Elsea Park

The principle of the development in zone seven was established through the approval of an ‘outline’ planning application and masterplan for Elsea Park in 2001, prior to Bellway’s involvement with the site.

Now the developer plans to bring forward a reserved matters application for the site in January.

The plans for 373 new homes include a range of one to four bedroom homes, bungalows, which will be semi-detached and terraced housing.

The development is set to include green spaces to the north and west, a pedestrian green way running through and a central area of landscaped open space.

However, a controversial element of the plans is the future of Bridge 234 which the developer says is not ‘structurally safe and cannot be retained in its entirety’.

The bridge, which is located behind the development and the Wellhead, is a remnant of the old steam railway which ran through Bourne.

Bellway said it’s ‘committed to celebrating the heritage of the bridge as a feature for the open space’ and is exploring options which could include safely retaining part of the bridge or a public art feature.

Lucas Fidler, who lives in Tarragon Way in Bourne, has voiced his opposition to the plans for zone seven.

He said: “I’m strongly opposing all sorts of development on it.

“I can’t see a way to have any substantial resident’s area without completely disrupting habitats and hurting the bridge itself.”

Lucas added: “Obviously the bridge is heritage and the council seems to like telling everyone about it. This is pretty much the last remaining bit of railway heritage of Bourne and it’s important it is protected.”

Lucas is working with the Bourne History Group to create a dialogue with Bellway so that their concerns are heard.

Due to the pandemic a public consultation event cannot be held. Feedback on the plans can be given by e-mailing BellwayElseaPark@connectpa.co.uk or calling 020 7592 9592.

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