WORRIED residents fear a new housing development in Wyberton will cause traffic chaos and leave neaby homes dealing with a total loss of privacy.
People living on Tytton Lane East and Solway Avenue sent strong objections to Boston Borough Council’s planning board about an application to build 28 homes on land at the rear of their properties, including issues with highway safety, privacy and sustainability.
But despite these concerns, raised through 22 letters and a petition sent to the council, members of the committee approved the application by Lindum Homes in their meeting last Tuesday.
It is the second time this application has come before the board, after it was refused by the committee in December. At the time councillors criticised the plans, which were at the time for all 30 to be affordable homes, for providing ‘the slums of the future’, saying the houses were too closely packed together on the site.
However, significant changes have been made to the plans, and issues raised at the last meeting, such as the height of the buildings, insufficient parking and the number of houses have all been addressed.
The height of the properties has been reduced, more parking spaces have been planned, and the number of properties has been reduced. The scheme has also been altered to provide just 14 affordable homes and.
At a meeting of the planning board, Coun Paul Mould said: “If we keep turning down these developments we are never going to give the affordable housing that we have got to give every year.”
Coun David Witts added: “I believe this scheme to be better than the previous, and it is clearly providing much-needed affordable housing.”
The board was split in its views, however, with several other members expressing concerns over schools provision and the increase in traffic on a road which is already described as a ‘major thoroughfare’.
Despite these concerns, the board voted to approve the application, with just two councillors voting against it. Coun Paul Gleeson said: “It has addressed our previous objections.”