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Developer to dodge £260k contributions in Boston proposals

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A developer is set to avoid paying more than £260,000 in contributions to health and education for a 61-home proposal in Boston next week.

Councillors at Boston Borough Council will be recommended to approve Seagate Homes plans off Fenside Road with planning officers praising the “well thought-out” scheme and saying it would make a “significant contribution to boosting the supply of housing”.

The development was originally asked to provide 12 homes classed as affordable, with Lincolnshire County Council asking for £216,302 towards the areas education and NHS England asking for £45,540 for health.

However, Seagate submitted an assessment which said the scheme would not be viable if the requests were taken forward.

They blamed the costs needed to deal with flood risk and an expectation of house prices being “slightly lower for this area” as part of the reasons.

How the site would be laid out.

The assessment also takes into account gross development value (revenue), build costs, professional fees, marketing/legal costs, finance, developer’s profit and site value.

Instead, Seagate Homes will be asked to provide just eight affordable homes.

The assessment was independently assessed and a report before councillors’ calls the assumptions made “generally reasonable”

“It is therefore accepted that the scheme cannot meet the full requirements as identified earlier in this section without rendering the development unviable,” it says.

The money would have gone towards a new primary school in the west of Boston, the expansion of Boston Haven High and a new sports hall at Boston Grammar School.

The Sidings Medical Practice would also have seen money go towards improvements to the facilities.


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