Log cabins for migrant workers

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MIGRANT workers needing temporary accommodation could be housed in “better quality” log cabins at Low Fulney.

Plans have been approved for 13 two-bedroom and five one-bedroom units at Windcatch Caravan Park in Kellett Gate.

South Holland district councillors also gave the thumbs-up to a one-bedroom manager’s cabin, a welfare facility providing cycle storage, laundry and internet access and provision of a parking area for five tourist motor homes.

Councillors at the planning meeting on Wednesday heard the cabins would be arranged around a small central lake and children’s play area.

Occupation of the log cabins would be on a year-round basis and would be restricted only to individuals employed within the Low Fulney former Land Settlement Association area of Spalding.

The development would provide a necessary response to problems identified by the council and highlighted in the Lincolnshire Enterprise report “The Dynamics of Migrant Labour in South Lincolnshire”.

Demand on the council’s housing stock resulted in some migrants living in caravans. Lewis Smith, agent for the applicant Mr R Parker, said: “There is a need to provide better accommodation for those unable to access housing.

“This plan responds to the demand for good quality, well-managed accommodation.”

Chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “I have said it would be nice for larger employers to be able to provide affordable housing for their workers and here we are.”

Coun Andrew Miller asked about safety around the lake, but Coun Gambba-Jones said: “There is a lot of water around the district. I hope parents raise their children to be careful.”