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Plans to build 110 affordable homes in north-west Bourne

People are being urged to have their say on a proposed development of 110 affordable homes in Bourne.

A public consultation will be held at the end of February for the development of the field at the end of Beaufort Drive, on the north-west edge of the town.

In addition to homes, developer Longhurst Group is proposing to build an 80-bed care home and 22 retirement flats.

A Longhurst Group spokesman said: “We believe that the St Peter's Meadow proposals offer many benefits to Bourne as they tackle two key areas of significant need.

“The first is providing people with affordable homes. Many people currently living in Bourne or wanting to move to Bourne simply cannot afford a private home on the open market.

"All of the 110 homes at this site - which would be a variety of sizes - would be available for either affordable purchase or affordable rent.

“There is an immediate need for affordable housing in Bourne as households earning the average local income could, with a 90 per cent mortgage, only borrow £153,000.

"This is significantly below the average sale price in Bourne last year, which was £224,000.

“The second benefit is that this development would provide residents and their families with options for elderly living. There would be an 80-bedroom care home with specialist nursing, residential and dementia care.

"This is something that Lincolnshire County Council has said there is a significant need for.

"There would also be 22 specially designed retirement apartments for those wanting to live more independently but stay within Bourne."

According to the developer, further benefits would include the creation of jobs during the site's construction, and between 75 and 100 jobs at the care home.

Bourne town and South Kesteven district councillor, Helen Powell said the development proposal was not in the right location.

She said: "Bourne Town Council wants to protect this site because it's an important fire break. If there was a fire in Bourne Woods, prevailing south-west winds could be a disaster for homes built in this area.

"It is also an important habitat for wildlife, it becomes boggy, which does not make it ideal for development, and it's the site of the ancient Blind Well.

"Another problem is that all the cement and every brick and joist for the building works will have to arrive on site through a residential area.

"It would be far more forward-thinking to develop the area behind Bourne Academy, off Meadow Drove, because any children would have a safer route to the town's schools."

Coun Powell also questioned the developer's desire to make the estate 100 per cent affordable homes when standard practice is to create mixed developments.

People can have their say on the plans at a public consultation at Bourne Corne Exchange in Abbey Road, Bourne, on February 28 from 12pm to 8pm.

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