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Moulton Chapel School raises concerns over Bourne developer's bid for 86 homes




Plans to build more than 80 homes in a South Holland village could be getting the green light next week but concerns have raised by the school.

South Holland District Council's planning committee has been recommended to approve Larkfleet Homes bid to build 86 homes in land off Roman Road, Moulton Chapel.

Concerns about the size of the development and reduction in the number of affordable homes have been lodged by councillors.

Moulton Chapel.land in between 52 and 58 Roman Road. Also a shot of the street sign and the village sign
The land has been earmarked for a planning development. No 52 on left of land, no 58 on right. (26260276)
Moulton Chapel.land in between 52 and 58 Roman Road. Also a shot of the street sign and the village sign The land has been earmarked for a planning development. No 52 on left of land, no 58 on right. (26260276)

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Moulton Chapel Primary School has also raised concerns about the impact of the development.

In a report to the planning committee's meeting on Wednesday, the school states: "An increase in numbers across all year groups would demand a complete rethink of how classes are constructed.

"The governors feel that, should this large development be approved, funding from the developer for the physical expansion of the school to provide permanent accommodation for an additional class, is essential."

The school states that it is full and to meet the Infant Class Size Regulations requires one teacher to 30 pupils.

It states: "It is to be assumed that a new housing development would attract young families. An increase of just three pupils in our infant class would demand the employment of an additional fulltime teacher to enable class set up to be adjusted to meet the regulations."

The developer has reduced the original plan to build 99 homes down to 86. It also submitted evidence to show that the 25 per cent affordable housing and the section 106 requirements would make the scheme unviable.

An independent expert for the district council concludes that 12 affordable homes with half of the requested education and NHS contributions would make it viable.

Moulton Parish Council feels that the size of the development should be reduced.

It states in the report: " We are most concerned that the applicants have drawn up a plan regarding possible reduction in number of affordable homes and any reduction in section 106 payments.

"Affordable housing and money gained by any section 106 payments for schools, etc, are the only village benefits for the present inhabitants."



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