‘Keep it clean’ call in plan for 42 new homes

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A plan for 42 homes in Spalding might become a nightmare for the town’s refuse collectors according to councillors.

Outline planning permission for the homes in Kings Road was granted at South Holland District Council’s planning meeting on Wednesday night.

The applicant is Reliant Building Contractors Ltd. There would be three house types, all two-and-a-half storeys with accommodation in the roof space.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “As portfolio holder for waste management I must say with half of them off private drives we could live to regret this.

“Properties can be rented out on short-term leases with a high turnover. We just get letters out to say how they are leaving their waste out is unacceptable and then they are gone.

“I will do as much as possible to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

Initially, the developer claimed the scheme could proceed at a low profit margin only if there was no affordable housing or other Section 106 contributions.

However, following an assessment of the viability appraisal by District Valuer Services, seven affordable dwellings have been included.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “It’s disappointing but every applicant seems to be coming along saying they can’t give affordable housing.

“Delivering affordable housing is something that is being encouraged by the Government.

“Locally, we have been robust enough to challenge this.”

Councillors approved the application with 20 conditions, including not more than 50 per cent could be occupied before work is started on affordable homes, and 90 per cent before completion.