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Thirty-four new homes at Weston on site of council prefabs




Thirty-four new homes are due to be built on the site of council ‘prefab’ bungalows at Weston.

The land at the junction of Small Drove and Delgate Avenue currently accommodates 10 bungalows, which are vacant and were last used to house homeless people.

South Holland District Council is seeking planning consent for the development, which will be a mix of affordable and shared ownership properties.

Included in the affordable properties will be eight two-bed semi-detached homes, a corner block of four one-bed homes, and four one-bed bungalows.

And the shared ownership mix sees six two-bed semi-detached homes, eight three-bed terraced homes and four two-bed bungalows.

Prefabricated homes or ‘prefabs’, as they were known, were the post-war solution to a shortage of housing and thousands were built from pre-cast reinforced concrete across the county in the 1940s and 1950s.

The ones facing Small Drove have reached the end of their life and Coun Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for housing and health, said building good quality homes there is a sensible use of a brownfield site.

Coun Lawton said: “I want local people to move into very nice new houses.

“South Holland District Council is committed to providing the best quality homes for its residents. Small Drove in Weston is earmarked because the current site has prefabricated bungalows which are coming towards the end of their shelf-life.

“The existing homes make poor use of the current land and the proposals under consideration make better use of the site by increasing the number of new starter homes as well as larger houses for families.

“The council has been in discussion with the nearby school, which welcomes the proposals that are currently being considered.

“The new homes will improve the existing space and provide Weston, and the district, with attractive affordable homes fit for the future.

“The money funding this proposal would come from the housing revenue account, which is ring-fenced to deliver affordable homes throughout the district and is funded by rental income and right to buy receipts.

“The council is also in discussions with Homes England to bid for grant funding to support delivery of the Small Drove project.”

If the development gets planning consent, each home will have parking for two cars sited on their plot and there will be four additional visitor parking spaces.

The site will be landscaped throughout and low railings and hedges will be used to define the front boundaries and there will be informal planting in gardens.

Flood risk means finished ground floor levels will be higher than the surrounding land – 0.6m (to the north) and 0.3m (to the south).

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