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Longhurst Group submits planning application for affordable homes on former Magnadata site in Boston

Longhurst Group has submitted plans to build more than 40 affordable homes on the site of a former international printing company in Boston.

We’ve submitted the plans to Boston Borough Council for the former Magnadata site off Norfolk Street.

If approved, 47 affordable homes would be delivered, with all being made available for either Affordable Rent or Shared Ownership.

Marcus Keys, Executive Director of Growth and Development, said the proposed development would provide much-needed affordable housing in the area.

He said: “We’re pleased to have submitted these plans to Boston Borough Council and believe, if approved, they would deliver much-needed affordable housing in the town.

There’s a recognised need for housing of this kind within Boston and the surrounding area and our Improving Lives strategy commits us to delivering the homes people need, where they’re needed most.

“Our proposals would provide different tenures on the site, with a mix of Shared Ownership and rented homes, made up of two and three-bedroom properties. This mix is based on the identified need of the area.

“We’ve engaged with key stakeholders in relation to this application and we believe that regenerating a brownfield site such as this would be a welcome addition to the area, which is just to the north of the town centre.

“We’re confident that the development will connect seamlessly with surrounding developments and architecture, with detailing complimenting the local area and appearance.

“We’ll continue to work and liaise with Boston Borough Council and all stakeholders, including the public, as we hope to start this development in 2021.”

The site was previously home to Magnadata, the first company to produce magnetic strip tickets for British Rail.

The planning application for the 47 affordable homes will now be considered by the council before a decision is made.

D Brown Building Contractors will be the main contractors for the project and Adam Mayer, Commercial Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Longhurst Group on the eagerly awaited transformation of this site into much-needed affordable family homes.

“We’re a local construction company with a proven track record of delivering similar schemes throughout Boston and are looking forward to continuing the great relationships we’ve got with the local supply chains to further support the local economy.”

If approved, the development would be part-funded through a grant from Homes England as part of our strategic partnership.

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