New affordable homes for rent in Pinchbeck

PLANNING PASSED: Members of the Pinchbeck Community Land Trust on the site of the new homes. From left: Peter Sanders, Paul Wade, Steve Colby, Richard Dobbs, Carole Lewry, Craig Tolliday and Michael Bird. Photo (TIM WILSON):  SG301013-TW
PLANNING PASSED: Members of the Pinchbeck Community Land Trust on the site of the new homes. From left: Peter Sanders, Paul Wade, Steve Colby, Richard Dobbs, Carole Lewry, Craig Tolliday and Michael Bird. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG301013-TW
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Fourteen new affordable homes for rent will be ready to take their first Pinchbeck tenants in autumn next year.

The semi-detached two and three bedroom homes will be let for 80 per cent of the local average rent – and all profits will be ploughed back into the community and could even pay for a village shop in West Pinchbeck.

Plans for the homes on a Flaxmill Lane field outside Pinchbeck’s defined settlement limit sparked objections from residents, who had a string of worries including additional traffic.

But South Holland’s planning committee passed the plans by seven votes to one, subject to a satisfactory Section 106 agreement.

Pinchbeck Community Land Trust (PCLT) secured a £469,000 Government grant towards the project, which will be managed by Lincolnshire Rural Housing Assocation, and delivered by applicant Westleigh Developments.

PCLT chairman Steve Colby said: “We are pleased about the go-ahead and the building is likely to start early in the new year.

“There is a need for affordable housing all over South Holland and the need in this particular case is for rented affordable housing.”

He said any income earned by the development will allow the CLT to do other things such as provide village shops and West Pinchbeck would be ideal for that.

The homes will be let to people who either live in Pinchbeck or have a close connection to the village.

At the planning committee, objector Denise Sheed said she was representing more than 200 residents who were “in total disagreement” to the plans for homes on a greenfield site.

She said county highways had previously ruled against further development on Flaxmill Lane and wanted to know what had changed and why the plan had parish council support.