Housing plan receives warm welcome from villages

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 May 2018

The proposed development in Lympsham's West Road. Picture: GCP Architect

The proposed development in Lympsham's West Road. Picture: GCP Architect

GCP Architect

Plans to build affordable homes in a village have received a warm welcome, ‘if done properly’.

Construction company EG Carter & Co hosted a public consultation event last week to gauge opinion on its 20-house development off West Road in Lympsham.

The proposed development will feature eight affordable homes to meet the needs of people in the village.

The application says: “Priority for the affordable homes will be given to people with local connections. Giving access to housing for local people currently priced-out of the local housing market.”

Housing project development officer Esther Carter said: “The parish council asked me to do a housing needs survey as they felt there was a need in the village so we went through the process of the survey and there was about eight families who require affordable housing and the parish council felt they needed to tackle that need.

“The public feel is really good. People love the idea of having affordable homes for local people because that is what they will be for.

“There are, of course, issues about school capacity, drainage and flooding which we look at.

“We feel everything is good to go now we have all the feasibility reports.”

Villagers Liz and Keith Hart told the Mercury the development ‘sounds like a good idea providing it is done properly’ and ‘with care’.

They added: “I think it is important we help the village to continue because if we do not allow this type of thing it would result in the school dying, then the shop dying and then the village will die.

“I think it is important to help the youngsters of the community to be able to afford to live in the village they have grown up in and they love.

“How the thing is built and the style they are built in is important. They cannot stick out like a sore thumb and they need to mould into the existing village.”

However not all of the residents were eager to hear about the new plans.

Steve Butterfield, who lives around the corner on South Road, said the development would ‘affect him massively’.

He said: “The volume of traffic and cars coming through the village and the disruption will be awful both during and after it is finish. It all stinks.”

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