Labour group saddened by housing plan’s refusal

THE Boston Labour Group on Boston Borough Council are saddened that the council’s planning committee turned its back on the opportunity to build 30 new social housing units in Wyberton.

Boston has a dire need for more affordable and social housing. Many young families are in despair as to whether they will ever be able to find or afford a home.

The planning committee had received a very detailed and robust report recommending the development of a piece of ‘backland’ between Tytton Lane East and Solway Avenue and the industrial units of Guildway Limited and Calder’s and Grandidge.

As well as the new housing units the development would have cleared the site of contamination and addressed any flooding danger from the land.

The recommendation which said ‘…It is recommended that any harm to existing residents, which your officers believe has been mitigated to a great extent, can be outweighed in your considerations by this rare opportunity to approve a significant number of affordable houses. Thus it is recommended that the application is granted subject to the conditions drafted below…’

But one of the local members delivered a very long ‘NIMBY’ speech against the development, not once addressing the need of many families in his ward whose children see no hope of ever being able to live in the village.

Maybe this was not surprising considering how little his party did to address Boston’s social housing need when they were in power.