‘Slums Of the future’ refused by planners

PLANS to build 30 affordable homes in Wyberton have been slammed as a step towards ‘the slums of the future.’

The development, on land at the back of Tytton Lane East and Solway Avenue, was slated for being too intensive and overbearing when it came before Boston Borough Council’s planning committee last Tuesday.

Councillors voted to refuse the application, by Lindum Homes, saying it was not appropriate for the area and would dominate it too much. Residents at the meeting applauded as the recommendation was turned down.

Coun Alan Lee told the committee: “I think it’s totally out of character with the area. I think these people’s quality of life would be greatly under threat. I think it’s more suited to a more central part of Boston. I don’t think the people of Wyberton should be subjected to this. We could be building the slums of the future.”

Several councillors commented that the height of the buildings, which would have to be put on raised grounds to help drainage, was too much.

The development, which included 17 houses, 12 apartments and a bungalow, offered 100 per cent affordable housing - well above the Government required 30 per cent. But councillors said that should not sway what they deemed a poorly-planned development.

Coun Richard Austin, who represents Wyberton, said: “The residents appreciate that affordable homes are required in Boston borough. However, this is not an appropriate site on which to build houses and planning permission should not be granted here.”

At the moment, the site is a piece of over-grown pasture, which is home to a number of mature trees and a range of wildlife. Residents, who submitted a 194-signature petition to the council, say they greatly value the land.

Corina Sellers, who lives on Tytton Lane East, said before the meeting: “Not every bit of green land needs housing on it. This is an area abundant with wildlife right at the back of people’s gardens. We simply don’t want this to happen.”