Outline permission for homes on hospital site
Councillors have approved outline planning permission for up to 36 affordable homes next to the proposed Lidl store in Spalding.
Two parcels of land on the Holbeach Road site will not be needed by the German-owned food store and United Lincolnshire Health Trust has applied to build the homes on the land.
Cash raised from the sale of the health trust's land will be fed back into the National Health Service and allow investment into Spalding's Johnson Community Hospital.
"I am in favour of this development and to tidy up Roman Bank - I can't wait!," said enthusiastic Coun David Ashby, whose St Paul's ward encompasses the site.
Coun Harry Drury, who voiced disappointment that most of the site is being converted to A1 retail use for Lidl, somewhat drily said: "Isn't it fantastic to see a proposal for residential in a residential location? I'm a little disappointed that education funding wasn't asked for, but pleased that it will be all affordable homes."
"I really welcome the 100 per cent affordable homes, " agreed Coun Christine Lawton. "This should lift the entire area".