Go ahead for 130 new homes plan

PLANS for a 130 homes extension to Spalding’s Wygate Park South will provide “modest” houses that people can afford and create jobs when the builders move in.

Taylor Wimpey East Midlands Ltd has been given consent to build the two and two-and-a-half storey homes by South Holland District Council’s planning committee.

Spalding and District Civic Society criticised the planning application, saying it was “another aimless and meandering estate without distinction or identity” and an “assemblage of standard units with no attempt to create a sense of ‘place’ through layout, grouping and landscaping”.

But planning chairman Coun Roger Gambba Jones said: “We are not living in the leafy suberbs of Cheam. We cut our cloth accordingly.”

Councillors heard the development will include affordable homes and ‘modest’ houses that people in this area can easily buy.

Coun Rodney Grocock said other councils would give their eye teeth to see a developer building affordable and modest houses in their districts.

He said: “I am all for this development. It will bring prosperity to South Holland, it will give much needed houses in South Holland, it will give much needed work in South Holland.”

Coun Christine Lawton was fed up with homes being described as soulless or without distinction.

She said: “These are pleasant homes that people enjoy living in.”

The plans were passed unanimously but Coun Gambba-Jones sounded a note of caution about developers creating parking courts that were sited away from the homes because no one feels a sense of ownership and they can become untidy with rubbish dumped.

Coun Chris Brewis said: “I also share your concern about these unowned parking areas that become attractive for the small number of less law abiding citizens in our midst.”

Twenty six of the new homes will be affordable, including ten two-bedroom flats, 13 two-bedroom houses and three three-bedroom houses.

Overall there are 15 designs with two, three and four-bedroom homes. There are 12 two-bedroom flats, 13 two-bedroom houses, 57 three-bedroom houses and 48 four-bedroom houses.