Pinchbeck affordable homes plan

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A NEW generation of affordable eco homes could be built in Pinchbeck under plans being investigated by the village’s parish council.

Councillors are exploring the possibility of selling off the leasehold to some of the council-owned agricultural land to make way for housing.

The 12 homes being discussed would be run by Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association, much like the six bungalows in the eco development at Unity Gardens in Long Sutton.

However, the plans are only in the early stages and nothing, including the location of the land, has been decided.

Parish council vice-chairman Coun Andrew Bowser said: “We are looking at providing affordable homes and providing them at a higher specification than other homes that have been built in the district.

“The way we are going to be able to do that is by selling or gifting the leasehold to the land and in the meantime, the parish council will continue to own the land.

“We would have an income as a parish that will be higher than what we currently get.”

Coun Bowser said a pot a funding has become available for a potential scheme but it will only be available until the end of this year.

Councillors discussed the issue at their monthly meeting on Monday.

Coun Bowser said: “There will always be concerns about where is going to be and that needs to be debated. The other concern is whether there is still demand for affordable housing.

“There will be a public meeting in April to look at setting up a Community Land Trust and we’re asking volunteers from the public to help us.

“It’s something that has been done quite a bit in America but in England there are only a couple of schemes running.”

The date, time and venue for the public meeting is expected to be confirmed shortly.

Coun Bowser added: “We are trying for affordable houses of a high quality but trying to do that while also maintaining an income as a parish council so we can keep our precept at a low level.”

The precept for the next financial year was reduced by 14.66 per cent in Pinchbeck from £37,500 to £32,000.