Questions on demand for new homes in Pinchbeck

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Questions have been raised over whether there is a demand for new housing planned for a South Holland village.

Larkfleet Homes has been asking for public feedback on its plans to build 163 new homes on land off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck.

A third of the homes will be “affordable”, leaving more than 100 to be sold on the open market.

But at a meeting of Pinchbeck Parish Council on Monday, a representative of the developer was questioned over whether he believed they would be able to sell the “market value” homes in such a tough economic climate.

Coun Chris Bettinson said: “The only people I have known to move house just lately have been moving to affordable houses, so I don’t know where you are going to fill 100 houses when local wages are so low.

“I think you may need to change your expectations on the percentage of affordable homes.”

Richard Astle, for Larkfleet, said the developer was confident there was a huge demand for housing in the area.

Other concerns raised by councillors included the impact of more homes on the village school and local health services.

Traffic worries were also raised as the plans for the development currently only include one access onto the already busy Wardentree Lane.

Mr Astle said the developer had considered a second access onto Enterprise Way, but feedback showed residents were split, with some fearing it would cause the estate to become a “rat run”.

Instead he said there would possibly be a bollarded access for use by emergency vehicles.

The development would be a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom houses and bungalows and could result in a £81,000 windfall for Pinchbeck as the developer would provide £500 for each new home to be spent for the benefit of the community.