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Affordable homes to be built in Weston

More than 30 affordable and shared ownership homes can be built on a plot known as 'the prefab site' in Weston.

Currently, there are 10 dilapidated prefabricated bungalows on the Small Drove site, which are mostly vacant and were last used for housing homeless people.

Planning permission was granted for 16 affordable rent units - eight two-bed houses, four one-bed corner houses and four one-bed bungalows - and 18 shared ownership units - six two-bedroom houses, eight three-bed houses and four two-bed bungalows. Each property will have two parking spaces.

Ward councillor Andrew Woolf told the meeting: "I am really delighted that this has come forward to knock down 10 prefabs to put 34 dwellings up. It can only be a good thing for South Holland.

"There is a long-running issue with sewerage, but that seems to addressed in the conditions," he added. Coun Anthony Casson also expressed concern over the long-term problem of sewerage dispersal, as there had previously been problems on Small Drove, a single-track road.

However, Anglian Water has requested a drainage strategy for the development and is obliged to provide sufficient treatment capacity. The site is in the catchment of Moulton Water Recycling Centre, which currently does not have capacity to treat flows from the new site.

Coun Casson added: "This has been talked about for many years. There's no open space on the site, but there is a playing field just up the road. I'm disappointed there's no financial contributions though."

As the council scheme is all afforable housing, planners deemed education and health contributions were not deliverable.

Coun Christine Lawton also voiced her support for the scheme, declaring it "an excelllent use of a brownfield site".

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