Lincolnshire County Council to fund 'significant shortfall' in funding of Moulton Chapel school following Bourne developer's approval for 86 homes
Education chiefs says it is not "unreasonable" for the costs of a village school expansion to lie with a developer following approval of a large estate.
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.
Last week, Larkfleet Homes was given the permission to build 86 homes on land off Roman Road by South Holland District Council's planning committee.
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Following an assessment by an independent expert, the developer's affordable housing, health and education contributions were reduced due to the viability of the site.
Along with this application, the village is also due to get a further 59 homes from another application and the school says it is virtually full.
Interim Director for Education Heather Sandy said: "We are, of course, disappointed that the developer has only been asked to provide half the amount that will be needed for a potential school expansion.
"The new housing will mean more children in the local area, and we have to ensure that there are sufficient school places for them.
"It is not unreasonable to ask that the necessary improvements be paid for by the developer. However, in this case, it appears that the county council will be required to make up the significant shortfall in the required funding to support the financial viability of the development."
The county council had asked for a contribution of £225,528 but is expected to receive half that amount.
Chairman of the district council's planning committee Roger Gambba-Jones said a Government policy on viability makes proposals like this possible.
He said: "I have every sympathy with all the agencies involved, including the district council. The council has a requirement to ensure sufficiant affordable housing and we have also taken a significant hit.
"A lot of hard work has gone into negotiating the viability element of the development to ensure that it now could come forward.
"It is a very challenging thing to deal with and I can only put it straight back to the Government and the viability argument. It is frustrating for everyone."
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