Moulton area councillor calls for more infrastructure to be pumped into Moulton Chapel
Calls have been made for infrastructure to be pumped into Moulton Chapel after fears that it could be losing more affordable homes provision.
Andrew Woolf, who is the ward member on South Holland District Council, says he will challenge Postland Development’s bid to remove the affordable housing element of its planning permission.It has approval to build 58 homes on land off Roman Road.
This is the latest blow to the village as Larkfleet Homes will only be providing 12 affordable units at its 88-home development, also in Roman Road, along with reduced NHS and education contributions. Lincolnshire County Council will now have to pay the "significant shortfall" in funding an expansion of Moulton Chapel Primary School to cope with an increase in pupils.
Coun Woolf said the applications will double the size of the village, with no infrastructure coming in.
He said: “I want local people who live here to stay living in this area and not feel that they have to move away if they want to get on the property ladder.
“We have a very good employment area and there are always plenty of opportunities for people to work, but the pay scale does not reflect the price of property they are building.”
Postland Developments submitted an application earlier this month to modify its section 106 agreement.
They say that a number of providers were asked to take on the 15 affordable units in Roman Road, but only two offers were received.
The application states: “Both offers didn’t cover the costs of supplying the dwellings, using historic figures, let alone using forecast figures of the post COVID-19, post Brexit market we will be building in late 2020/early 2021.”
Coun Woolf said the issue needs serious thought and should be looked at before anything further happens.
He added that the council had already cut the requirements of affordable houses from a third to a quarter.
Coun Woolf said: “I will challenge this where I can. We need to be ready for this to be challenged for the benefit of residents of South Holland.”
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