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'You could be in for a tidy little windfall from new housing in Surfleet', parish councillors are told by villager during annual parish meeting

Surfleet Parish Council has been told that it is "missing out on money" arising from new housing in the village.

At the start of its annual parish meeting on Tuesday, councillors were urged by villager Barry Storey to "get your act together" and apply for a share of developers' contributions linked to homes set to be built in Surfleet.

According to the latest South East Lincolnshire Local Plan (SELLP), a guide to future housing and economic growth in South Holland and Boston, Surfleet and Surfleet Seas End together could have up to 180 new homes built between now and 2036.

Surfleet Parish Council members meet at The Fraiser Room for their annual parish meeting. (11073865)
Surfleet Parish Council members meet at The Fraiser Room for their annual parish meeting. (11073865)

Up to 44 homes are earmarked for land west of Coalbeach Lane South, an area Mr Storey identified as a target for development.

Mr Storey said: "When the next lot of housing comes, you have to get your act together and make sure that you tell South Holland District Council that you want a share of any developers' contribution that is coming.

"You're missing out on money and if you miss out on it, the big boys take it and you don't see it.

"With the big houses that are coming for Surfleet, you could be in for a tidy little windfall.

"But you have to spend it, you can't put it in a piggy bank and save it for a rainy day.

"You don't have to splash it out, but you'll have to tell the district council where you want to spend it."

Other areas of Surfleet which could be set for new housing include land north of Station Road, an area south of Park Lane and more than 12 acres of land between Station Road and the A152 which links Gosberton Road and the A16.

In response to Mr Storey, who was co-opted as a parish councillor later on during the meeting, parish clerk Granville Hawkes said: "We can make it known to the district council that we would like to have a share of any developers' money.

"Then if the council feels that it would like to, it could allocate a bit of that money to us, as a parish council."

Mr Hawkes went on to explain how Surfleet has the lowest council tax precept in South Holland, just £104 for 2019-20.

This is due to support from Surfleet United Charities which contributes about £12,000 a year to fund services provided by the parish council, including bus shelters and cemetery upkeep.

"We request a very nominal precept, the cheapest there is in South Holland," Mr Hawkes said.


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