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New homes and new customers for new shops

Up to 200 new homes could be on the cards for Boston following approval, subject to conditions of an outline application for a site south of Wainfleet Road.

Boston Borough Council's planning committee agreed with the recommendation of the authority's Development Manager that permission be given subject to obligations being met, including electric vehicle charging points at every new property.

At the same meeting yesterday the committee also approved a new shops development for the town centre. This included a recommendation that the development should include affordable housing.
The go-aheads follow recent planning approval for 61 new riverside homes at the old Haven Wharf Warehouse site.

The 200-home application by Mr Richard Hardy is for a 9.62 hectare site currently in agricultural use with development on three sides. Affordable housing would make up 20 per cent - about 40 homes.

Access would be from the A52 Wainfleet Road. Nearby residents had main concerns about increased traffic, air pollution, flood risk, drainage, loss of countryside and added strain on services. The highways authority had no objections.

Permission was given subject to the developer agreeing to conditions including delivery of affordable housing, education contributions, NHS contributions, delivery and future maintenance arrangements for proposed public open space and provision of a footpath to the south side of Wainfleet Road.

A new shops development was also approved following an application by Texas Group PLC. This will involve demolition of 36 Strait Bargate and 2 Wide Bargate, both vacant properties, refurbishment and extension of 4 Wide Bargate and erection of 16 retail units, including cafe and restaurants, and 15 apartments with car parking. The site is currently the NCP car park on Red Lion Street.

Permission was given subject to a legal agreement to deliver affordable housing and a minimum of 12 units to be shops.
The riverside plan by Hanseatic Developments includes two apartment blocks - one fronting John Adams Way and the other fronting White Horse Lane, one dwelling to the north gable of 82 High Street, conversion of Haven Wharf Warehouse to provide 21 flats, demolition of an outbuilding at the rear 78 High Street, an industrial building attached to the warehouse and buildings south of the A16, John Adams Way, east of High Street and north of White Horse Lane.

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Statement from Leader of Boston Borough Council, Cllr Michael Cooper:
Boston Borough Council's planning committee has given outline permission for 200 new homes off Wainfleet Road. These are to be built by a developer, not the council. They will not all appear overnight. It may be five years before this development is complete.  

We have an obligation to identify a five-year housing land supply and this was completed at the end of March.

This indicated an additional 7,550 new homes will be required between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2036 - an average of around 302 per year. With the 20 per cent buffer that the Government asks us to apply, that's 1,812 new homes over the five-years of the housing land supply assessment period. Since 2011/12 to 2017/18 the shortfall is 749 homes.

As at March 30, 2018, the total number of applicants on the council's housing register numbered 1,814. People want and need homes in Boston. There is no jobs shortage here - employers want and need employees.

We all want the town to prosper, offering decent accommodation meeting current standards to people who want and need to live here.

Permission has also just been given to a developer with confidence to spend their money developing 16 new shops in the town centre, including a cafe and restaurant and 15 apartments. Developers do not commit to these projects without doing their homework and identifying a need.

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